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WHO warns of a new wave of Ebola cases in Liberia

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WHO warns of a new wave of Ebola cases in Liberia


Liberia is set to be hit by a new wave of Ebola cases in the next few weeks.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) thousands of people will present with symptoms as the country’s weak public health system struggles to cope with the epidemic.

WHO says the problem is not enough treatment centres – those infected are being turned away from over stretched clinics. When they are forced to return home they inevitably infect others.

Half of all of those of the 2,000 or more people who have died from the current outbreak in West Africa have been in Liberia.

Quarantining whole communities appears not to be effective and it inflicts suffering and hardship.

One piece of good news is Nigeria says it has managed to contain the outbreak there with only one out of the 19 confirmed cases still being treated in isolation. Nigeria has reported seven deaths out of the 19 cases.

WHO believes it could take to nine months to contain the epidemic which may infect up to 20,000 people in the West Africa region.

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