The rate of Ebola infection in West Africa is accelerating, a World Health Organization spokesman told WND in an interview.
“The outbreak in West Africa is so big at the moment that the World Health Organization issued a call on Thursday for $100 million to put several hundred people and additional equipment in the field,” said Gregory Hartl.
“The situation is grave, and we need to do something fast,” he said.
The impoverished countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia lack the necessary health care infrastructure to contain the Ebola outbreak, Hartl explained.
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“We’re going to have to work very hard to get it under control,” he said. “We are not yet using the words ‘out of control’ yet, but the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is beyond the ability of any one international organization or government to control.”
According to a WHO press release issued Thursday, Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of WHO, together with the presidents of the three West African nations impacted by the Ebola outbreak, have launched a $100 million response plan.
“The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will require increased resources, in-country medical expertise, regional preparedness and coordination,” said Chan.
“The countries have identified what they need, and WHO is reaching out to the international community to drive the response plan forward.”
Separately, WHO confirmed the Ebola outbreak could spread to Nigeria.
WHO reported a total of 122 new cases of Ebola and 57 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The organization said the Ebola case in Nigeria resulted from the patient traveling by air via Ghana.
On July 29, the National International Health Regulations focal Report for Nigeria confirmed the Ebola patient in Nigeria was symptomatic at the time of arrival, and 59 contacts, including 15 from the airport staff and 44 from the hospital, have been identified by health officials so far.
“Though only one probable case has been detected so far in Nigeria, Ebola virus infection in this country represents a significant development in the course of this outbreak,” WHO said.