Ebola death toll tops 600, spreads to 4 more counties in Liberia – WHO losing fight to contain outbreak

July 2014AFRICA  New cases of Ebola virus have been found in four additional counties in Liberia, raising the number of affected counties to seven out of a total of 15. The four counties are located in the west, center and east of Liberia, while the virus has affected mainly western parts of the county. Ebola has spread through several West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, since its latest outbreak in February. The death toll from the virus has surpassed 600 despite efforts by regional and international health experts to contain the epidemic. Guinea is the worst-hit country with more than 500 people losing their lives. Liberia has reported 105 deaths since the outbreak there in May, while 142 have lost their lives in Sierra Leone. There is currently no known cure for Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. Some people in the affected communities reportedly believe that outsiders are spreading, rather than fighting, the Ebola outbreak. WHO noted on Tuesday that there have been at least 68 new deaths in the region from last week alone, bringing the death toll to 603 since February.
The virus has continued its spread throughout Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, despite local and international efforts to contain it. Epstein revealed that the main focus in the three countries currently is finding people who have been exposed to the disease, and placing them in a 21-day incubation period to see if they are infected. “It’s probably going to be several months before we are able to get a grip on this epidemic,” the WHO spokesman offered. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said about mobilizing leaders in West Africa to work together in welcoming medical professionals treating victims: “Sometimes the challenge for us is countries like to do disease control their way. But I think this is one such situation where countries must come together and adopt a similar approach to deal with a very dangerous disease.” The virus, which was first discovered in 1976, is known to have a 90 percent death rate for those infected. “The situation in West Africa should be a wake-up call to recognize that this weakening of this institution on which we all depend is not in anybody’s interest,” Scott Dowell, director of disease detection and emergency response at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing in Washington. “In my view, there’s no way that WHO can respond in a way that we need it to.”
Ebola virus symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, which is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding, WHO explains. Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, which has sent a medical team to the region to offer help in battling the disease, said last week that it is directing efforts at an Ebola isolation center in Liberia, near the border with Guinea. “This is the largest outbreak of Ebola since it was first discovered in 1976 and it is the largest outbreak in Western Africa, with cases now showing up in national capital cities,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse. “Along with medical treatment, awareness and education are the keys to containing this outbreak.” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham has added that Ebola is “one of the most deadly diseases in the world, and it must be contained as quickly as possible.” –Press TV  LA Times
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17 Responses to Ebola death toll tops 600, spreads to 4 more counties in Liberia – WHO losing fight to contain outbreak

  1. Bri says:

    Wrong math is wrong.
    “Guinea is the worst-hit country with more than 500 people losing their lives. Liberia has reported 105 deaths since the outbreak there in May, while 142 have lost their lives in Sierra Leone.”
    That’s 747 total…
    not
    “bringing the death toll to 603 since February.”
    Just trying to get a clear picture and I’m confused.

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  2. LAURA,SCOTT/ says:

    humans are not above nature,when they over- populate nature will balance it all back again. sounds cruel but look at past history its always done it that way.we need to think for ourselfs not out of books written for another time,animals control their population better then humans-so come on lets be responsible humans

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  3. RosemarieNorton says:

    Haven’t heard any more about the hospital closure in Italy. Just wondering if it was Ebola as at the time the reports were Ebola like symptoms

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  4. Dennis E. says:

    May have to quarantine travel to and from those countries. Shut them off from the world. May have to put armed troops on the borders and limit flights except those that bring cargo. have to contain it since there is no cure.

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    • lindeelou says:

      The ebola virus had been naturally contained within a very small area. Cut down the rainforest and ebola went looking for a new host.

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  5. This is wild, no control, very dangerous while the rest world at war, does not get enough international collective response. WHY Africa the dark continent, less people to feed, working for the Yankee dollar.

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  6. Susan says:

    WHO losing fight? Or are they letting the plague spread on purpose, I am betting on the latter, hey great population reduction tool ya know, isn’t that their agenda???? Watchmen have been saying that their plan (NWO) is to use viruses that the illegals have (or have been given) like TB, scabies, and ebola and let them co-mingle by the generous support of our Govt and our tax dollars without our consent, without health screenings (See Dave Hodges and The Common Sense Show for more details), bring them by bus and airplane to cities all over the US of stinking A and spread the virus love around to all those around. What better way, called plausible deniability (V on Hagmann and Hagmann’s Northeast Intelligence Network – message V sent out on Thursday).

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  7. Susan says:

    also, watching outbreak in LPN school (about viruses) what did the government do (or try their hardest to do) to the town that the outbreak was in? They were going to nuke it, but because of the conscious of the one in charge at the scene, it didn’t happen as they had found the cure, but the plane was en route, with the nuke on board, he was told to stand down as he had the town in site, pissed off the government officials at the pentagon.

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  8. Debbie says:

    Oh Good send the Christains. Then they can bring it back to US….. and finally fulfill their prophecy. Not! Don’t get me wrong I believe in doing the work of God. Which is help the sick and the poor. Let’s all do it. The Christains have been speading diseases for too long though. I’ll do what I can with a nice donation. Going to the situation is nuts unless you are a WHO Doctor. Please Christains send money to Liberia not your body. Sorry about the rant.

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  9. Tina Tenis says:

    I don’t know how long it takes for symptoms to appear but it seems like they could find a way to quarantine anyone who plans to travel from the countries affected to ensure it doesn’t get spread that way. I guess that would be quite an undertaking though and probably impossible to actually implement. I’ma bit confused about how it is spreading so rapidly since it’s my understanding that it doesn’t spread from person to person contact but rather through consuming infected meat. Any thoughts on that or am I misinformed about how it’s transmitted?

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  10. adam b says:

    ebola is spread by any body fluid a touch is enough of any body fluid sweat blood or breath saliva sperm etc

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