Ebola outbreak could claim 20,000 victims before it’s put down
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a response roadmap yesterday morning that outlines a six to nine month timeline to contain the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has been sweeping through West Africa, and put it to an end. The organization has predicted that the virus could end up infecting over 20,000 people before the outbreak is put down.
The WHO’s response roadmap was put together using certain assumptions that were based on knowledge from previous outbreaks, as well features that are unique to the current situation. In order to implement the necessary containment strategies for the three main objectives that are listed on the roadmap, the WHO will require somewhere around $490 million.
According to Doctor Bruce Aylward, a Canadian epidemiologist and the assistant director general of the WHO, the number of current cases of Ebola could be two to four times higher in certain areas due to the limits of reporting capacity. “We’re going to need 750 internationals at least and 12,000 nationals, not in capital cities, not in emergency co-ordination rooms… but being right out there at the field level in the districts actually running the operations,” Aylward said.
“There is an urgent need for a protective Ebola vaccine,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci said in a press release. But, he added, “Today we know the best way to prevent the spread of Ebola infection is through public health measures.” He said those include good infection control practices, isolating patients and tracing their contacts, and providing proper protective equipment to medical workers.
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