While the United States Midwest is dealing with the EV-D68 Virus, the Ebola virus is still raging nearly out of control as the death toll reaches nearly 3,000 people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 200 people are dying from Ebola each and every day.
The current official death toll, as of Tuesday, September 9, 2014, is listed as 2,296, after 200 people died in a single day from the Ebola virus. According to the World Health Organization, there are 4,293 recorded cases in an area of five West African countries. That number does not include those that do not have reported symptoms or those that are being hidden from the authorities and medical staff. Liberia’s figures have not been accurately updated and are expected to rise by an estimate of “thousands.” Unfortunately, an accurate estimate cannot be currently determined.
Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, expressed concern that the Ebola virus could cripple her country due to lack of proper supplies and support, in combination with a scared populace.
“It remains a very grave situation. It is taking a long time to respond effectively…. We expect it to accelerate for at least another two or three weeks before we can look forward to a decline.”
Liberia’s defense minister, Brownie Samukai, chimed in as well.
“Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence. The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the normal functioning of our State,”
The increasing number of deaths, along with the escalating number of individuals that are becoming infected, is making it difficult to manage adequate resources to stop the spread of the virus and maintain a level of comfort for those that are infected. Laurence Sailly, of the Medecins Sans Frontieres, is not sure what they will do with the increase of sick individuals.
“We know that every day there are more people that need to be taken care of than we can include in our program. At the moment, there are insufficient beds,”
He continued to say.
“We are working also in Guinea and Sierra Leone, so we will not be able to have more than 300 to 400 beds here in Montserrado. We are not going to go more than that, and it is not going to do anything with the scale of the epidemic here,”
It’s unknown when or how the outbreak will be under control, or if it will spread further than it already has. With the introduction of the EV-D68 virus in the United States, there is a potential for two viruses to wreak havoc on the world at the same time. Luckily, the United States has a better trust factor in the medical field and the authorities than the West African Countries do.
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