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...U.N. ....assumes that the actual number of cases in many hard-hit areas may be two to four times higher than currently reported. If that's accurate, it suggests there could be up to 12,000 cases already.
In Geneva, the agency released a new plan for handling that aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months and prevent it from spreading internationally. ...The goal is to take "the heat out of this outbreak" within three months, he said. That will enable WHO to start using classic containment strategies to stop transmission altogether.
Response to Ebola chaotic and inadequate
International response to the West African Ebola outbreak has been "chaotic and entirely inadequate," according to a statement issued Wednesday by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which has been treating patients in affected countries for months.
Doctors Without Borders' newest Ebola treatment facility — a 120-bed facility in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia — is already overwhelmed. The group plans to construct three additional tents with space for 40 more beds.
Doctors Without Borders' guidelines were written for Ebola treatment centers with just 20 beds. "We have to constantly adapt" to address a crisis of this scale, Lindis Hurum, the group's emergency coordinator in Monrovia, said in a statement. "The numbers of patients we are seeing is unlike anything we've seen in previous outbreaks," Hurum said.
The new treatment center can slow the spread of the outbreak by isolating patients, preventing them from infecting friends and family. But overworked health workers have had to reduce the level of care they provide, according to Doctors Without Borders. They can no longer administer intravenous treatments, for example, which could limit doctors' ability to help dehydrated patients.
"It is simply unacceptable that, five months after the declaration of this Ebola outbreak, serious discussions are only starting now about international leadership and coordination," said Brice de le Vingne, director of operations at Doctors Without Borders. Referring to other countries that have the potential to help, he says, "They can do more, so why don't they?"
VIDEO: Ebola epidemic unprecedented and unmanageable: MSF
Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths - World Bank head
The world's "disastrously inadequate response" to West Africa's Ebola outbreak means many people are dying needlessly, the head of the World Bank said on Monday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the virus.
originally posted by: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
Ebola Cases May Rise to 20,000: WHO
The Ebola virus has killed 1,552 people in West Africa since the outbreak began in January, the World Health Organization has announced.
According to Thursday’s update, 3,069 people were affected in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
More than 40 percent of cases were recorded in the last 21 days, the statement said – a sign of the disease’s accelerating growth.
But we know those number are only 25% of the actual numbers. I will guess there are already 10-15,000 people dead right now. 30,000 by the end of September.....God only know how it will go from there...
The mostly affected country is Liberia with 378 cases and 694 deaths.]/b]
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
I think it's spreading and in just may be active in areas we wouldn't expect to see it.
I read the CDC was contacted over scares in several US states, I don't have the article on hand but it goes to show you how much they'd try to bury something that could "panic" people.
Also the Western world isn't as clean as we think it is. Garbage, littering, urine and feces on sidewalks in many major cities, filthy public bathrooms. Unhygienic restaurants, transportation, bad hygiene (try being in a crowded standing room only bus with sneezing, coughing NYers). Honestly, we're more "aesthetically hygienic" than most countries but we're still coated in germs, many fear hospitals or have other stigmas against medicine so they won't contact help unless it's something severe.
It could spread, but I don't know if it would be a global killer like some sites are claiming. Knowing the media and their games, if they report on Ebola I'm looking at Ebola but I'm also aware of the other less reported incidents. That's where they get you. Distract for as long as possible.
originally posted by: CatLady3912
On Meet The Press this morning, Chuck Todd asked POTUS about Ebola. POTUS stated we have nothing to worry about in the US in the short-term. But he also indicated that in the long-term, if this crisis in Africa isn't addressed and gotten under control, the virus will continue to mutate and mutate, and will become a worldwide problem.
The US will have to step in with assistance, as usual. I assume this will mean US military on the ground in Africa, setting up isolation units, bringing supplies, assisting with the proper disposal of bodies, and security. I just imagine the reaction of the people living there, who do want help, but following military orders won't sit well with them.