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UN: W. African Ebola Outbreak May Last Several Months

Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 25, 2014.Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 25, 2014.
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Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 25, 2014.
Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 25, 2014.
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A top U.N. health official says West Africa's Ebola outbreak could last several more months.

But Keiji Fukuda told the French News Agency AFP Thursday it is impossible to make a clear prediction on how much farther the outbreak could spread.

Fukuda spoke in Ghana Thursday at the end of a two-day emergency meeting of African health ministers and other experts. The outbreak has already killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

The ministers made a number of proposals. They include mobilizing community, religious, and political leaders to educate people about the disease and committing more financial resources.

The ministers call Ebola a serious threat to all countries in the region and beyond.

Ebola is named for the river in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the first victim was found in 1976.

Ebola can lead to organ failure and uncontrollable bleeding. There is no known effective treatment.

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by: Not Again from: Canada
July 05, 2014 10:09 PM
A terrible tragedy is taking place in Guniea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and we do not hear a peep from the developed nations, I am not sure that the appeal from Mediceins Sans Frontiers' has been answered. I hope that the developed countries provide material and expert technical help to the unfortunate countries, and their people, that are experiencing this horrendous disease and whose citizens are in grave peril.
The WHO needs to mobilize and focus more on the current needs; the affected countries are not wealthy, nor do they produce the supplies required to ensure their medical staffs can safely provide the end care required to the afflicted patients; I also do hope they get local people trained, to run crash education programs, so as to reduce, contain, and stop the spread of Ebola.
A long term preventive strategy needs to be developed, and the resources provided to ensure that lives are not lost. 467 people lost is a massive toll, even one human being lost to this horrible disease is one too many.

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by: Bockarie Marrah from: Sierra Leone
July 08, 2014 7:16 AM
Thanks for your kind appeal. I suggest that much of the efforts be addressed towards an eradication of the disease by wiping out the hosts from the tropical rain forests of Africa.

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