WHO: Evidence shows Ebola crisis ‘vastly’ underestimated

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The magnitude of the Ebola crisis in West Africa is “vastly” underestimated, the World Health Organization warned this week, as the death toll rose to more than 1,000.

Ebola has infected at least 1,975 people in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began this year.

Of those, 1,069 have died, according to the WHO. It said the number reflects the count as of Monday.

“The outbreak is expected to continue for some time,” the WHO said in a statement Thursday. “Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”

It did not provide an estimate of unreported cases.

The United Nations agency said it’s teaming up with the affected countries to gather more on-the-ground intelligence for a coordinated response.

“WHO is mapping the outbreak, in great detail, to pinpoint areas of ongoing transmission and locate treatment facilities and supplies,” it said.

The new numbers come as health officials are considering the use of experimental treatments and vaccines since no proven ones exist.

Ebola spreads through contact with organs and bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, urine and other secretions of infected people.

The deadly virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever, which affects multiple organ systems in the body.

Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. They later progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function — and sometimes internal and external bleeding.

Two Americans are undergoing treatment for Ebola, which they contracted while helping patients in Liberia. They were transferred to an isolation unit at an Atlanta hospital and appear to be recovering.

In a separate case, a Spanish priest who contracted the disease in Liberia died this week. – CNN

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One Response to WHO: Evidence shows Ebola crisis ‘vastly’ underestimated

  1. America seem to have the medicine which they are using to treat their ebora victims.If they realy aim to help africa,let them then extend it to the african affected countries.

    Ntema
    August 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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