Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that West
Africa is still “nowhere near out of the woods” in its fight against Ebola.
Obama spoke Tuesday at the White House while meeting with his national security
and public health teams on Ebola.
“As long as the outbreak continues to rage in the three countries in West Africa—
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea—this is still going to be a danger, not just for
America, but for the entire world,” he said.
Obama said anti-Ebola efforts in parts of Liberia are “really paying dividends” but
Sierra Leone is still “seeing an increase of cases.”
In Guinea, “some of the international coordination still needs to improve” although the
numbers there are lower than in Sierra Leone or Liberia, while Mali experienced an
reemergence of the deadly disease this month, he said.
“It underscores how important it is to continue to push forward until we stamp out
this disease entirely in that region,” Obama said. “Until we do, there are threats of
additional outbreaks, and given the nature of international travel, it means that
everybody has some measure of risk.”
Obama noted the attention on the crisis has ebbed in the United States over the last
several weeks, but “the challenges remain.”
He mentioned the death of Martin Salia, a Sierra Leone citizen and U.S. legal resident,
saying “when Ebola is promptly diagnosed and treated, then we have a great chance
of curing it.”
Salia got sick on Nov. 6 while treating patients in his native Sierra Leone, and when
he arrived Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment, he was
already in critical condition. He died early Monday “as a result of the advanced
symptoms of the disease,” said the Omaha hospital.
Obama also urged the Congress to approve his 6.18 billion-U.S.- dollar emergency
funding request, saying it will help strengthen the country’s domestic health systems
as well as support ongoing efforts in West Africa.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. military response to the outbreak of Ebola in
Liberia continues to progress, with facilities expected to be fully operational the week
of October 20, the Pentagon’s press secretary, Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, said
Speaking at the State Department press briefing, Kirby provided an update on
Operation United Assistance.
“Our forces on the ground in Liberia continue to make progress in setting up
infrastructure and facilities to support the international response,” he said.
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Newscast Media NEW YORK—The UN Security Council has called on the international
community to step up its efforts to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak.
The 15-member council issued a unanimous statement on Wednesday,
saying that the world “has failed to date to adequately address the
magnitude of the outbreak and its effects.”
Warning that Ebola is posing a serious threat to the world peace and security, the
Security Council also urged the international community to “accelerate and
dramatically expand the provision of resources and financial and material assistance”
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Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian specialists have been taking positive steps
toward developing a vaccine for the Ebola virus, Russian Deputy Prime Minister for
social affairs Olga Golodets said Friday.
“We have no registered cases of Ebola. But our doctors are working successfully in
the Ebola epicenter. We have had positive developments in the development of a
vaccine and currently Ebola is not a threat to the Russian population,” Golodets told
journalists on Friday at the International Investment Forum in Sochi adding that the
vaccine is now being systematically tested.
The Ebola virus is currently spreading across West Africa with cases registered in
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to figures, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday,
there have been 5,335 registered cases of the disease in West Africa. The death toll
from the deadly virus stands at 2,622.
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, body fluids or tissue of
infected animals or people. There is no officially approved medication for the disease,
and experts claim prevention is the only cure.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media FREETOWN—Humanitarian-aid organization Doctors Without Borders
has warned that the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa is now out of control with
over 60 outbreak hotspots.
The medical charity NGO, known by its French initials MSF, said on Monday that the
scale of the current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical
distribution, the number of people infected, and the tally of deaths.
The organization also added that it is stretched to the limit in responding to the
outbreak that is spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
“We have reached our limits,” said Bart Janssens, the director of
operations for the organization, adding, “Despite the human resources and
equipment deployed by MSF in the three affected countries, we are no
longer able to send teams to the new outbreak sites.”
New sites in the countries have been added to the disease’s reach, prompting
concerns that the disease is quickly spreading to other areas.
In a statement released on the same day, the World Health Organization said at least
337 people have died from Ebola in 2014. Most of the cases and deaths have been
reported in Guinea, where 267 have succumbed to the virus.
There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting
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
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.
Source: Press TV