Ebola spreading at the rate of 10,000 new cases per week says WHO
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 10:52
A World Health Organization official has said there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within two months.
WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward said if the response to the Ebola crisis isn't stepped up within 60 days, "a lot more people will die".
Aylward said for the last four weeks, there have been about 1,000 new cases per week, though that figure includes suspected, confirmed and probable cases.
He added that WHO is aiming to have 70 per cent of the cases isolated within two months to reverse the outbreak.
WHO increased its Ebola death toll tally to 4,447, nearly all of them in West Africa. The group said the number of probable and suspected cases was 8,914.
Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have been hardest hit.
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