Ebola crisis to last 'at least six months'

Doctors Without Borders International President Joanne Liu said it will take six months to bring the Ebola virus under control in West Africa.

Ebola crisis to last 'at least six months'

World Bulletin / News Desk

It will take at least six months to bring the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa under control, the NGO Doctors Without Borders has said.

The group’s international president, Joanne Liu, said on Friday: "If we don’t stabilize Liberia, we will never stabilize the region. Over the next six months we should get the upper hand on the epidemic."

Addressing reporters at the United Nations Office in Geneva after a 10-day visit to West Africa, Liu said more health experts are needed in the region to halt the spread of the virus.

The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has risen to 1,145, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as 76 new deaths were reported in the two days to August 13 in the four West African nations affected by the epidemic.

The U.N. health agency said that a total of 152 confirmed, probable and suspected new cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever were reported in the two day period in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, bringing the total for the outbreak to 2,127.

Comparing the scale of the outbreak to "wartime," Liu said Doctors Without Borders had conducted extensive research in the region but "will not be able to curb the epidemic" alone.

The disease, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and then spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected people.

Ebola has no confirmed cure or vaccine yet. However, an untested serum has been used.

Last week, the WHO emergency committee on Ebola declared the disease an international public health emergency, the third time such an alarm has been raised by the committee ever.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ağustos 2014, 11:10