The World Health Organization has officially declared the Ebola epidemic in West Africa an international health emergency. The death toll has reached almost 1,000 in four countries (932 at last count). Yesterday, the U.S. ordered the families of diplomats to leave Liberia due to the danger of the virus.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has gotten scarier. More than 670 people have died of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and now Nigeria, which on Friday confirmed that a man in Lagos had died of the deadly disease. Over the weekend, Liberia closed most border crossings into and out of the country to try to clamp down on the spread of the virus, which can kill up to 90 percent of victims (in this outbreak the fatality rate is around 60 percent).
West Africa is experiencing the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, the deadly virus that can kill up to 90 percent of those who contract it. Since this outbreak was first documented in February in Guinea, 635 people have been infected and nearly 400 have died, according to Reuters. So far, cases have been contained to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, but a World Health Organization report out this week warned that neighboring nations should be prepared for outbreaks there as well.