Doctors Without Borders has said the Ebola outbreak in West African nations is “totally out of control,” calling for more help in dealing with the disease.
Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the group, said on Friday that international bodies and governments should dispatch more pundits and improve public awareness regarding the disease and ways to stop its spread.
“There needs to be a real political commitment that this is a very big emergency,” Janssens said. “Otherwise, it will continue to spread, and for sure it will spread to more countries.”
“The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave. For me, it is totally out of control,” he added.
Ebola has affected people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Most of the cases and deaths have been in Guinea, where 264 have succumbed to the virus.
Meanwhile, 49 people and 24 others lost their lives in Sierra Leone and Liberia respectively.
“This is the highest outbreak on record and has the highest number of deaths, so this is unprecedented so far,” said Armand Sprecher, an expert with Doctors Without Borders.
There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.
The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976 in an outbreak that killed 280 people.
It remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall sick.
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