WHO, U.S. Official Warn Ebola Outbreak Will Worsen, As Death Toll Reaches 1,550

News outlets report on the widening scope of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Associated Press: U.S. official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse
“A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse…” (Roy-Macaulay/Paye-Layleh, 8/27).

Nature: World struggles to stop Ebola
“…The international aid group Médecins Sans Frontières has called the world’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa ‘dangerously inadequate.’ … To end the crisis, developed countries and aid groups need to send more people with expertise in treating infectious diseases, public health experts say…” (Hayden, 8/26).

New York Times: Ebola Could Eventually Afflict Over 20,000, WHO Says
“As the tally of deaths from the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus continued its seemingly inexorable rise, the World Health Organization said on Thursday that the epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people — almost seven times the current number of reported cases — before it could be brought under control…” (Cumming-Bruce/Cowell, 8/28).

Reuters: Ebola toll tops 1,550, outbreak accelerates: WHO
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and ‘continues to accelerate,’ the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Nebehay, 8/28).

Reuters: WHO says Ebola outbreak could strike 20,000 people
“The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease. The United Nations health agency issued a strategic plan to combat the outbreak in four West African nations where it said the actual number of cases could already be two to four times higher than the reported 3,069. The death toll stands at 1,552…” (8/28).

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