Ebola claims more victims

Jul 28, 2014 20:41 UTC

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).

Here’s what the outbreak looks like geographically as of late last week.

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The governments trying to battle Ebola in West Africa are up against two huge issues: first, there’s a lot of mistrust of health care workers in the region where the disease is most prevalent. The family of an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone “forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer,” Reuters reports. She died Saturday in an ambulance after authorities found her and tried to get her back to the treatment center.

The second problem: the health workers trying to battle it are getting sick themselves. The doctor in charge of treating the outbreak in Sierra Leone tested positive for the disease last Wednesday. Reuters reported over the weekend that two American doctors working in Liberia also contracted it. Samuel Brisbane, a senior doctor working in Liberia, recently died.

Ebola crisis spreads

Jun 30, 2014 17:44 UTC

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.

 Ebola Map / W. Foo

Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations at Doctors Without Borders (DWB), has said the problem is an epidemic that’s “out of control.” As the disease has spread, so has the fear of it. In April, a mob descended on a DWB treatment center in Guinea, accusing healthcare workers of bringing Ebola to the region.

However, the Reuters report also notes WHO hasn’t advised any travel or trade restrictions.

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