World Health Organization Claims Ebola Cases Could Hit 10,000 a Week Next Month
According to warning made by the World Health Organization, Ebola cases could reach upwards of 10,000 a week in the near future. So far, the death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent. An unprecedented number, which still, cannot be contained.
The World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward presented the disturbing statistics during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, WHO had estimated the death rate at around 50 percent. Clearly, the numbers have been steadily rising since the outbreak in West Africa.
Aylward confirms that a 70 percent death rate was “a high mortality disease.” The U.N. health agency is still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible to prevent the rising death toll.
Within the last month, there have been about 1,000 new cases of Ebola per week. Meaning, some cases are suspected, some confirmed, and some are probable cases such as the people that have come into contact with a current Ebola patient.
Aylward told reporters that if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis isn’t stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die.”
Thus far, the government has been putting people with Ebola, and even suspected Ebola symptoms into quarantine to ensure that they do not spread the virus. However that doesn’t always work.
As with the case of Nina Pham, who contracted the virus from her now deceased Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, the virus is highly contractable, even to health care workers who take the proper precautions to ensure their safety.
WHO increased its Ebola death toll tally to 4,447 people on Tuesday, nearly all of them in West Africa, from 8,914 cases.
[via Huffington Post]
Gayana Sark | News Cult