World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost in West Africa

October 2014HEALTHThe World Bank warned Friday the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted. As the death toll from the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the virus shot past 4,500, a glimmer of hope came from Senegal, which was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. The United States, meanwhile, named an “Ebola czar” to coordinate its response, after criticism of how a Texas hospital handled a Liberian victim, with two nurses who treated him now infected. And a researcher at British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline said a vaccine may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016. “We are losing the battle,” World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim warned, blaming a lack of international solidarity in efforts to stem the epidemic. “Certain countries are only worried about their own borders,” he told reporters in Paris. As of October 14, 4,555 people have died from Ebola out of a total of 9,216 cases registered in seven countries, the WHO says. Most of the dead are in three West African nations at the centre of the outbreak: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Experts warn that the infection rate could hit 10,000 a week by early December.
The United Nations has warned that it has received less than 40 percent of the nearly $1 billion it asked for to fight Ebola. So far, just $377 million has come in, and another $217 million has been pledged, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. “But that’s not money in the bank,” OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke told reporters in Geneva. And a UN trust fund for Ebola has just $100,000, despite $20 million in pledges—a situation UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said had left the world body with a “very serious problem. We need to turn pledges into action. We need more doctors, nurses, equipment, treatment centers and medical evacuation capacities,” he said. Despite enhanced health checks at airports in several countries, fears mounted, and Air France flight attendants called for an end to flights to Guinea, one of the three hardest-hit nations in West Africa. The daily Air France Paris-Conakry flight “carries a serious risk of spreading the epidemic, particularly in our country,” read a statement from the two unions of flight crew and commercial staff. –Medical Xpress
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3 Responses to World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost in West Africa

  1. Joseph Sonny Skies says:

    Jeremiah 16 vs. 5-11…Dying of diseases and not even being buried…etc.

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  2. Janice says:

    Utterly exhausting keeping up w/the various sites reporting on Ebola.

    As I previously posted…African Ebola will take us all out.  No panic…just the facts on the ground as I see them.  No BS hoax as some are saying.   Unless the Global World responds *stat*…with everything needed to fight Ebola in Africa.  It’s over.  There is always the chance that a vaccine is “miraculous” discovered.  Will see if that occurs.

    Regardless, I am maxing out on Ebola info. since July.  The total, complete failure to “stop Ebola from expanding” is a monumental error/miscalculation.  Sure it’s only 6-7 cases in America so far.  But the 4 US Ebola-Ready specialty centers can only treat 9 people…4 beds are already taken?    (Did I hear Rachal Maddow correctly last nite??)

    I must stop with so much Ebola info.  But I can’t.  Like a moth drawn to a light…I am compelled to keep reading this human tragedy.  When it was 100 or so cases & now 4500 + 6/7 ….I keep reading & updating.

    This is not looking too good.

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  3. Yellow Bird says:

    interesting photo. crop out the rest of the sign- would anyone suppose this pic had to do with any illness at all?

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