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Spread of Ebola Cases on “Huge Risk”, Says UN

Head of the UN Ebola response mission in West Africa Tony Banbury has said that there is still a “huge risk” that the Ebola virus could spread to other parts of the world. The ebola affected cases have crossed over 16,000 as per WHO’s latest report.

In October, Banbury told the UN Security Council that by December 1, “about 70 percent of all those infected by the disease must be under treatment and 70 percent of the victims safely buried if the outbreak is to be successfully arrested”, BBC reported on Monday.

He said the 70 percent targets were being met in “the vast majority” of areas in the three worst-affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Meanwhile, most of the new deaths and highest cases were reportedly recorded in Liberia. However, two cases have been reported from Mali too.

“But in some areas”, he said, “including Sierra Leone – especially in its capital Freetown and in Port Loko town – we are falling short. And it is in those areas where we really need to focus our assets and our capabilities”. As per reports, This outbreak has been the worst partly because it occurred in a highly mobile region, where Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone meet, and quickly spread to their respective capital cities.

More than 6,000 people have died so far from Ebola, majority in West Africa, and over 16,000 have been infected. The latest figures show that between 200 and 300 people are still dying every week.

“We adopted a strategy earlier to get this crisis under control which involves treatment centres, safe burials and community mobilisation. That strategy is working,” he said. Amid, people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are said to be at a risk of both malnutrition and under-nutrition, according to a UN agency. (IANS)


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