West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says
By Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks
GENEVA/LAGOS, Aug 28 (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a $490 million strategic plan to contain the epidemic over the next nine months, saying it was based on a projection that the virus could spread to 10 further countries beyond the four now affected – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. … So far 3,069 cases have been reported in the outbreak but the WHO said the actual number could already be two to four times higher. “This is not a West African issue or an African issue. This is a global health security issue,” WHO’s Assistant Director-General Dr Bruce Aylward told reporters in Geneva. … The figures do not include deaths from a separate Ebola outbreak announced at the weekend in Congo, which has been identified as a different strain of the virus.
This is a major crisis. Do you think your neighbors are even aware of it?
By the way, have you wondered why the news has omitted pictures of those infected by the virus?
Jesus come quickly.
Perhaps the photographers don’t want to contract the virus(?)
Hunt – Perhaps, but I don’t think so. The pics are out there; but the virus symptoms are horrid. I suspect the reason is because WHO has asked that they not be shown. Too great a chance of mass panic if someone nearby contracts the virus.
Yes one can see graphic pics of infected patients with an online search engine. I’m not familiar with the WHO policy on posting graphic photos of infected patients, but I assume that – as with most health care providers – WHO doesn’t publicize them for reasons of privacy. Samaritan’s Purse, a first responder in the crisis, also doesn’t have such photos, but they have pics of courageous people helping others with the infection.
In contrast, people who want to be entertained by the gore of deadly viruses can pay to see it in box office hits such as “World War Z”.