Health officials warn new Ebola cases could soon reach 10,000 a week

October 2014AFRICASchools have shut down, elections have been postponed, mining and logging companies have withdrawn, and farmers have abandoned their fields. The Ebola virus ravaging West Africa has renewed the risk of political instability in a region barely recovering from civil war, United Nations officials said Tuesday, hours after the World Health Organization reported that new cases could reach 10,000 a week by December — 10 times the current rate. The head of the new Ebola Emergency Response Mission, Anthony Banbury, told the Security Council that none of the three most heavily affected countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — is adequately prepared. Only 4,300 treatment beds will be available by Dec. 1, according to current projections, and even those would not have an adequate number of staff members. The acceleration of new cases, if not curbed, could easily overwhelm them. Mr. Banbury painted a picture of substantial need. Only 50 safe-burial teams are on the ground, he said, but 500 are required. They need protective gear and about a thousand vehicles. So far, Mr. Banbury said, the mission has delivered 69 vehicles. “We are fighting for people who are alive and healthy today, but will become infected by Ebola and die if we do not put in place the necessary emergency response,” he said, speaking by a video communication link from Accra, Ghana, where the mission was established in late September.
He went on to say that there is a small window of time before the outbreak expands to levels where it cannot be controlled. “We either stop Ebola now,” he said, “or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan.” Mr. Banbury’s remarks to the Security Council came as a United Nations aid worker died at a hospital in Germany. The victim, identified as a 56-year-old Sudanese laboratory technician at the United Nations mission in Liberia, had been responsible for the disposal of medical waste. He fell ill on Oct. 6. The Security Council in September passed a resolution that declared Ebola a threat to international peace and security. On Tuesday, it heard sobering alarms about Ebola’s widening impact on the region. Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the assistant secretary general for political affairs, said the security situation had already been “significantly impacted since the outbreak of the disease,” with fatal attacks on health workers in Guinea, local riots fueled by what he called mistrust and misinformation about Ebola, and threats of strikes by health workers in Liberia and gravediggers in Sierra Leone. The Liberian ambassador to the United Nations, Marjon V. Kamara, said that her country’s economy urgently needed restoration and that her compatriots needed to get back to work. “The more they remain idle, the more the prospects for trouble,” she said. –NY Times
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7 Responses to Health officials warn new Ebola cases could soon reach 10,000 a week

  1. Bone Idle says:

    I see on your previous thread an image of two workers burying a ebola victim body. Why are they still allowed to bury these bodies? The U.N. or who should be stepping in and making sure that all bodies are incinerated.
    Back in the 1970’s I was involved in a project in central London where our building excavations dug into old plague pits (Black Death or Bubonic). Work had to stop, the area was strictly quarantined and any physical body remnants were removed under strict isolation procedures and burnt. The old grave area was cleaned, sterlised and sealed. The risk of contamination and infection was still very high even after hundreds of years. Worse, the variation of the plague was unknown and there may have been no working vaccinations or cure for it if it had managed to leak out and infect someone.


    • Yellow Bird says:

      also, what is up with the “grave” they have dug?? who buries anything dead only 3 feet from the surface? oh my heavens, i buried a much smaller dead animal nearly that deep and the wild kritters still dug it up later the same night.
      i have to feel that photo is blatantly staged- those pathetic holes are no where near adequate to be labelled as graves. but with so much death all around, who would need to stage such a photo? and why?


  2. Robert Burke Burns says:

    Today I heard on radio facts about WHO and their predictions about Ebola. Apparently they have continuously overestimated this outbreak and where it is headed. I suggest you have a look at
    the public info previously produced by WHO and see how well they have been predicting Ebola cases. It may be that a lot of this “hype” is for the purpose of raising MONEY!?


    • Yellow Bird says:

      even if one does not believe whatever is going on is actually ebola, its amply evident that SOMETHING BAD is going on, and has been since at least April. And that SOMETHING has allready proven to be devastatingly contagious.
      i do agree with your assessment that a large portion of decisions being made in this epidemic revolve primarily around money.

      as far as questionable reliability of statements made by WHO, here’s one of the latest:
      “Incubation period:
      The period of 42 days, with active case-finding in place, is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola virus disease and is considered by WHO as sufficient to generate confidence in a declaration that an Ebola outbreak has ended.
      Recent studies conducted in West Africa have demonstrated that 95% of confirmed cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days; 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. WHO is therefore confident that detection of no new cases, with active surveillance in place, throughout this 42-day period means that an Ebola outbreak is indeed over”

      As one health reporter just pointed out: (
      the 2nd half of this statement says something very different than the first half. Reading carefully, it can be seen that the whole statement is in direct conflict with itself- part I and part II simply cannot both be true… Very Troubling


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