Ebola’s spread brings host of other diseases in its wake

September 26, 2014

Almost 3,000 West Africans have died from the current outbreak of Ebola virus, and on Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that by January between 550,000 and 1.4 million people could be infected if nothing is done.

But the outbreak, which began in Guinea in March before spreading to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal, is only part of the terrifying picture. Last week, fear of Ebola caused locals to kill eight members of an Ebola education team, sick people are avoiding clinics, and the World Health Organization says that 208 of the 373 infected healthcare workers in the region have died from the virus.

As a result, “the health services of West Africa have to a very large degree broken down,” according to Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust international health charity.

Experts predict a quadrupling in deaths caused by malaria, next year, and the collapse of immunization programs means that children are at a higher risk of diphtheria, polio and tuberculosis. Not to mention the impact to things like childbirth, diabetes and mental health.

So it’s a race against time. According to WHO director of strategy Dr. Christopher Dye, “If control efforts are only partly successful, Ebola viral disease in the human population could become ‘a permanent feature of life in West Africa.'”

This Reuters interactive graphic (click here for the interactive version for more info) shows the affected areas with up-to-date data on the number of cases and deaths; let’s hope the world community can staunch the flow before Ebola and the associated collateral damage become widespread humanitarian disasters.

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Click image to see an interactive version of this graphic.

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Yes! Ebonics, Ebola, and Ecoli!

Posted by Screecher | Report as abusive

Where is the “host of other diseases”? The headline doesn’t match the story.

Posted by 1LoneBystander | Report as abusive

Do not allow any flights in or out of these 3 world countries with Ebola
African governments needs to clean up after their own instead of wanting everyone else to do it.

Posted by halloween | Report as abusive