Ebola virus has now spread in several counties of West Africa, which include Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, since it first outbreak in February. Despite meaningful efforts by local and international health officials to restrict the epidemic, the virus has already claimed more than 600 lives in West Africa.
Guinea has been the most affected county, reporting more than 500 deaths. 105 deaths have been reported in Liberia, since the outbreak there in May, while another 142 lost their lives in Sierra Leone.
Recently, some new cases of the virus have been identified in four additional Liberian counties, and now the affected counties have jumped to 7. These counties are located all across Liberia, however, the western parts of the country have been mainly affected.
In a briefing, Scott Dowell, director of disease detection and emergency response at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said, “The situation in West Africa should be a wake-up call to recognize that this weakening of this institution on which we all depend is not in anybody’s interest. In my view, there’s no way that WHO can respond in a way that we need it to.”
Earlier, on July 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that around 888 cases of Ebola virus have been recorded in West Africa, which include 539 deaths.
Ebola virus, which is a type of hemorrhagic fever has no known cure. Its common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding. It can easily spread via direct contact with sweat, infected blood and feces. Moreover, it can also spread via sexual contact or during the unsafe treatment of contaminated corpses. The virus is considered to be one of the most deadly, as around 25-90% of the infected people die from it.