The Ebola virus is spread high-speed West Africa. The outbreak of this virus, fatal in 25-90% of cases, expressed at the beginning of the year and then won Guinea Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone. These three countries now total at least 1,201 cases, including 672 deaths, according to the latest report of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In Liberia and Sierra Leone, “unprecedented epidemic”
In both countries recently affected by Ebola, the situation is worsening day by day, was alarmed, Wednesday, July 30, operations director of the NGO Doctors Without Borders, Bart Janssens. He calls in the columns of Belgian daily La Libre Belgique greater responsiveness from the authorities:
“This epidemic is unprecedented, and completely out of control and the conditions only worsened since it is still expanding, especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone, with very large homes. It is the WHO and governments to deploy and organize more ways to bring the effort and ability level required for an early start control the epidemic level. ”
The first affected countries are trying to cope. Wednesday, Liberia has decided to close all its schools to try to prevent a spread of the epidemic. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came announce itself to his countrymen this exceptional measure in a speech on television.
The spread of the Ebola virus.
Risk of spreading to other countries
After Liberia and Sierra Leone, considered since Sunday by the WHO as the new epicenter of the outbreak, neighboring countries in turn are under the threat of the virus. “If the situation does not improve fast enough, there is a real risk that new country hit,” and warned the head of MSF.
Last week, Nigeria announced the first case of its soil, a Liberian who traveled by plane from Monrovia to Lagos via Lome and died July 25. Nigeria’s leading airline, Arik Air, has also suspended all flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The Organization of International Civil Aviation Organization and WHO announced on Tuesday, July 29, think about how to limit the spread of Ebola. “Until [Tuesday] morning [prior to Asky decision] this does not affect civil aviation, but now we’re concerned,” noted the Organization of International Civil Aviation Organization and the WHO.
The risk of spreading the virus by travelers concerned to Europe. Wednesday, July 30, the UK held a ministerial crisis meeting on the subject and alerted her doctors.
The American Peace Corps withdraws from West Africa
Organization of American aid Peace Corps said Wednesday it was withdrawing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the epidemic. She said in a statement that the decline was “provisional” and it will determine “later when volunteers will return” in these three countries, which employ a total of 340 volunteers.
Two of them have been in contact with a person who has died from Ebola, told AFP a spokesman for the Peace Corps, not tell which country in West Africa it was. “These volunteers have no symptoms and are currently in isolation and under observation,” assured the spokesman.