Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

GENEVA Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:26am EDT

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

This brought the total in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly viral disease to 888 cases including 539 deaths since February, the United Nations agency said.

"The epidemic trend in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains precarious with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported," the WHO said.

Just one confirmed new case had been reported during the past week in Guinea, where the WHO said it was closely monitoring the situation. There has been resistance among some communities to measures recommended to control the outbreak, such as precautions during traditional burial ceremonies.

Ebola causes vomiting and diarrhea, impairs kidney and liver function and may cause internal and external bleeding. It kills up to 90 percent of those infected and is spread by close contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected people. There is no treatment or vaccine.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) set up an Ebola solidarity fund at a summit in the capital of Ghana on Thursday in a bid to back a regional approach to the epidemic. Nigeria committed $3.5 million to affected states.

"We must do everything within our means and power to defeat this deadly disease. We must exercise vigilance and caution and avoid any panic or misinformation," Ghanaian President John Mahama, who is chairman of ECOWAS, said in a speech in Accra.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; additional reporting by Kwasi Kpodo in Accra; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (11)
BobtheMoron wrote:
Coming to an American town near you.

Jul 11, 2014 9:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dej wrote:
This disease used to move quicker than people; meaning it would burn itself out before it got to places of high population density.

Now it’s just a matter of time before it shows up in Tijuana and then Texas or California. Since we are moving illegals around without any medical screening it could infect a huge number of people before it’s noticed.

Jul 11, 2014 1:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dave148109 wrote:
1. Ebola surges
2. No immigration control
3. Obamacare

Recipe for disaster.

Jul 11, 2014 5:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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