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