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Ebola: Liberia to See Thousands of New Cases in Coming Weeks – WHO

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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola EpidemicMonrovia (Reuters/NAN) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday night in Monrovia predicted that Liberia would see thousands of new cases of Ebola virus in coming weeks as the virus was spreading exponentially.

It said it would take more than nine months to contain and there was possibility of the virus infecting more than 20,000 people before the time.

It said in Liberia the disease has already killed 1,089 people.

“Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially,” it said.

“The number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in Ebola-specific treatment centres,” it added.

WHO said as soon as a new Ebola treatment centre was opened, it immediately overflows with patients.

“In Monrovia, taxis filled with entire families, of whom some members are thought to be infected with the Ebola virus, crisscross the city, searching for a treatment bed,” it said.

It said the WHO investigative team estimated that 1,000 beds are urgently needed for Ebola patients, as motorbike-taxis and regular taxis have become “a hot source” of Ebola transmission.

Liberia’s government announced that it was extending a nationwide night time curfew imposed last month to curb the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has ordered a four-day countrywide “lockdown” starting Sept. 18, as part of tougher efforts to halt the spread of Ebola.

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16 Comments

  1. ada

    September 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Lord have mercy

  2. teekay

    September 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    God Almighty save west africa from this epidemic, most especially liberia

  3. Bake

    September 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    This is terrible, can other African countries please donate to this cause……………..its in moments like this that i wish i was a millionaire or even a billionaire. This is scary,

    • dione ee

      September 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      you can donate to samaritans-purse.org.uk/campaign_post/ebola-crisis#donate. every little naira helps. they are sending doctors and medical help to liberia and sierra leone

    • Maxime

      September 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Yes, and you can also donate to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). The work they’re doing in all the affected areas right now is nothing short of heroic. You can read more about their work at msf.org.uk

  4. RO2

    September 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    When I look back in history and the present situation in Liberia and Serrier leone from the pre settlement to present day I feel God do something now.

    • Bimbo

      September 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      We are always waiting on God that is why Africans will never progress. Instead of doing research and finding a cure we are praying while western countries that are not really affected by the disease are researching for a cure. The oyinbo people that brought God and religion to scatter our heads did us real bad.

    • Jamiu

      September 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      No be only the foreign religions. But na dem worse pass. Some african religions dey fear me too. But I’d much rather touch my own shit than another person’s.

    • THE AMAKA

      September 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      GBAM!!!

  5. Berry Dakara

    September 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Wow. 20,000 people probable to be infected?!

  6. @edDREAMZ

    September 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Liberia is really finished and am feeling for them like crazy…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  7. efe

    September 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    GOD have mercy

  8. kcoj

    September 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    The birth pains have begun and can neither be stopped nor slowed but will only quicken. Lord have mercy on our souls.

  9. Tbaby

    September 9, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    This is so sad n worrisome.

  10. Tosin

    September 10, 2014 at 7:07 am

    beds, just beds? someone said donate to Samaritan’s Purse. I’ma try that.

  11. Thelly

    September 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    shame!

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