WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort
Friday, August 1, 2014
The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it.
Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general, says if the outbreak continues to worsen, the consequences could be “catastrophic” in terms of lost lives and socio-economic disruption.
Dr. Chan is in Conakry, where she met Friday with the presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast.
WHO and the West African leaders are finalizing a $100 million plan to fight the spread of Ebola, which has claimed nearly 730 lives. Dr. Chan said more than 60 health workers are among the victims, and that some international relief workers have been infected.