US support alone won’t help control the Ebola epidemic

Thousands of new Ebola cases are expected to emerge in the coming weeks. US military support and travel bans are aimed at controlling the epidemic, but health experts say this won’t do enough.

The World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the situation in Liberia says “the number of new cases is increasing exponentially,” according to an assessment report.

As many as 14 out of 15 counties in Liberia have reported confirmed cases Ebola. “Of all Ebola-affected countries, Liberia has the highest cumulative number of reported cases and deaths,” the report states.

In Liberia, nearly 2,000 people have fallen ill to the virus, and more than 1,000 have so far died. 58 percent of all infected people die, a case-fatality rate that is among the highest in West Africa, the WHO says.

Maximilian Gertler, a researcher of infectious diseases at the Robert Koch Institute and a director at Doctors without Border, agrees the situation is disastrous. In a German morning television show, he called the epidemic a “conflagration”, adding that “we will see many more cases.”

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.