The World Health Organization says it may take up to four months to contain the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, saying it is one of the “most challenging” outbreaks ever.
Ebola is still spreading in three “hotspots” in southern Guinea having already jumped borders into Sierra Leone and Liberia. In Guinea more than 100 people have died.
Hence this sobering assessment from the UN agency: “This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks that we have ever faced,” Assistant Director-General for Health Security, Keiji Fukuda told reporters in Geneva.
“And the reasons why this is one of the most challenging outbreaks is that we see a wide geographic dispersion of cases.”
And that is not the only bad news, as noted by medical charity Medecins sans Frontières, which is working to contain the virus.
“We are dealing with the most aggressive strain of Ebola – the Zaire strain – which kills more than 9 out of 10 people,” said MSF epidemiologist Michel Van Herp.
There is no vaccine for Ebola and no known cure for the virus.