Jul 3, 2014

Ebola "out of control in West Africa" - deaths surge to 467, a 38% increase in one week - WHO

One of the nastiest modern plagues has apparently been altered in a lab so that it has a longer incubation period.  This allows those contaminated to travel more/longer before symptoms show, meaning a much deadlier plague. 


© Reuters / Edward Echwalu
Doctors work in a laboratory on collected samples of the Ebola virus

The outbreak of deadly Ebola virus is scything through West Africa with the number of deaths rising sharply over the past week to 467 people, the World Health Organisation said in its latest report on the uncontrollable epidemic.

In addition to the confirmed deaths in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the WHO announced that the number of confirmed or suspected cases of the virus has risen to 759. Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) has a mortality rate of up to 90 percent.

"As of 30 June 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the three countries stands at 759, including 467 deaths," WHO said in their latest alert statement.

The new update shows a 38 percent increase in the number of deaths and a 27 percent rise in the number of suspected cases since the WHO update last Tuesday, making it West Africa's deadliest Ebola epidemic on record. Last week, the death toll from Ebola stood at 399 as of June out of 635 cases.

Guinea with a population of just over 10 million is suffering the worst from the outbreak with 413 cases and 303 deaths. Neighboring Liberia witnessed 65 deaths among 107 registered cases, while Sierra Leone is treating 239 patients, 99 of whom have died.

Last Friday, the WHO issued a warning to the states bordering the three West African nations - Male, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guinea Bissau - cautioning the governments that the virus could pass into their countries through infected people.
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