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Ebola accelerates at a rapid pace; could eventually infect 20,000

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia Photo: Image by � Stringer . / Reuters

Ebola accelerates at a rapid pace; could eventually infect 20,000

By Mina Abgoon. CREATED Aug 28, 2014

Despite hopes that the worst Ebola outbreak in history could be contained, it is only accelerating.

New information released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday reveals alarming numbers.
 
The outbreak, which is peaking in West Africa, could infect 20,000 victims before it’s brought under control. That’s almost seven times the number of currently reported cases, according to The New York Times.
 
The WHO reports that although the outbreak was first identified in March, “More than 40 percent of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days.”
 
Additionally, the death toll related to the Zaire strain of the virus has risen by more than 100 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
 
According to The Washington Post, the organization said that “In many areas of intense transmission the actual number of cases may be 2-4 fold higher than that currently reported.”
 
WHO recently released a road map which includes strategies designed to deal with and stop transmission of the virus within the next eight to nine months. 
 
The New York Times reports that the plans are likely to cost nearly half a billion dollars over the next six months.

 

Mina Abgoon

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Mina Abgoon, a Vegas-based journalist, is a digital editor with Journal Broadcast Group's national content team.