Ebola crisis: Virus spreading too fast, says WHO

WEST AFRICA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading faster than efforts to control it, World Health Organization (WHO) head Margaret Chan has said.

She told a summit of regional leaders that failure to contain it could be "catastrophic" in terms of lives lost.

But she said the virus, which has claimed 729 lives in four West African countries since February, could be stopped if well managed.

Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected.

It spreads by contact with infected blood, bodily fluids, organs - or contaminated environments.

Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure.

Dr Chan was meeting the leaders of the worst-affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - to launch a new $100m (£59m; 75m euro) Ebola response plan.

"This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response," Dr Chan said at the summit in Guinea's capital, Conakry.

"Cases are occurring in rural areas which are difficult to access, but also in densely populated capital cities," she said, explaining that the outbreak was the world's deadliest and largest in terms of geographical areas.

    Comments (3)

    That is how AIDS started until the whole world was contaminated. Watch OUT for this deadly disease.The Ministry of Health should spread the begging Bowl faster than Ebola is spreading.

    Watosvorwa - 4 August 2014

    It is not that long ago that one of our ministers told us that when 40 % of the population kicks the bucket there are still to many unemployed.Let it spread fast and it will solve a big part of the problem. problem

    jack - 4 August 2014

    @Jack if you have nothing to offer to the world just SHUT-UP.

    Chokwadi - 4 August 2014

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