(BLOOMBERG) Health authorities struggling to control the worst outbreak of Ebola on record said drastic action is needed to prevent more deaths.
More than 390 people have died in the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, theWorld Health Organization said in a statement today. That toll is greater than the 280 people killed in 1976, when the virus was first identified near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The WHO plans to meet with health ministers from 11 countries July 2-3 in Accra, Ghana, to agree on a plan to bring the outbreak under control. Health workers will have to tackle resistance from local people who are hiding infected family members, destroying medicines intended to help and adhering to rituals that fuel the spread of the virus.
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