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Published On: Tue, Oct 14th, 2014

Ebola: WHO raises alert, says 80,000 more could die in 2 months

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WHOBy Doyin Ojosipe with agency report

The World Health Organization, on Tuesday warned that Ebola death toll could hit 10,000 per week in 2 months; following the fact that death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 per cent, even as ebola deaths has risen from 4000 to 4,447.

According to CBC News, Aylward had tweeted that about 5,000 to 10,000 Ebola cases per week are anticipated in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone before the end of 2014.

Briefing newsmen in Geneva, WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr. Bruce Aylward warned that if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis is not stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die”, adding that, in the last four weeks, about 1,000 new cases were recorded per week including both suspected and confirmed cases.

He also said that WHO had only estimated the death rate at around 50 per cent, adding that it had turned out on the contrary as death rate has increased to 70 percent.

According to him, the death percentage is a high mortality disease, though the UN is still focused on isolation and early treatment of sick people in order to reverse the case.

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