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WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts


By BOUBACAR DIALLO and KRISTA LARSON

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.

Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said the meeting in Conakry "must be a turning point" in the battle against Ebola, which is now sickening people in three African capitals for the first time in history.

"If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries," she said.

At least 729 people in four countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria - have died since cases first emerged back in March. While health officials say the virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids, many sick patients have refused to go to isolation centers.

The fatality rate has been about 60 percent, and the scenes of patients bleeding from the eyes, mouth and ears has led many relatives to keep their sick family members at home instead. Sierra Leone is now sending teams door-to-door in search of Ebola patients and others who have been exposed to the disease.

Chan emphasized Friday that the general public "is not at high risk of infection," but also said the Ebola virus should not be allowed to circulate widely.

"Constant mutation and adaptation are the survival mechanisms of viruses and other microbes," she said. "We must not give this virus opportunities to deliver more surprises."

WHO has said it plans to launch a $100 million response plan that would include funding the deployment of hundreds more health care workers to the affected countries.

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Linda August 01 2014 at 12:48 PM

If this is so deadly I would love to know WHY our government is brining back two health workers...yes they are Americans...who are in GRAVE condition and infected with this disease?! I sure HOPE Ebola does not spread here due to this idiotic move. I want to see those infected get better but it sounds pretty bad as it is for those two...but to take the chance of spreading the disease here because two workers there are in grave conditon with this makes no sense. I sure hope it does not spread here.....Eboli is landing on American soil very soon if not already!

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madcap.1 August 01 2014 at 1:08 PM

if your an american and you decide to go there , you should decide never to come back into this country and put your fellow americans at risk.
keep your good intentions to yourself.

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Pat August 01 2014 at 1:31 PM

tic toc ... it's just a matter of time that an INFESTATION will soon hit the USA

and what better way to come through but via the Borders of Mexico ...

COME ONE ... COME ALL

Welcome to Obama Land ... where everything is FREE and absolutely NO identification, documentation, or registration is required ... plus, you will immediately receive food, shelter, health care, driver's license, Democratic voter ID, monthly welfare check$ ... and whatever else your little heart desires !!!

tell ALL your friends & family ...

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csalvocummings August 01 2014 at 12:56 PM

Don't understand why the entire affected areas/countries are not quaranteened...no planes, no exit out of the country until they get this under control. Persons infected with the virus and the gestation period of 2-21 days without showing symptoms are a HUGE threat to spreading this virus all over the world. Air travel with persons infected but not showing symptoms is the easiest way to spread the virus to many, many people. SHUT DOWN THE AIRPORTS. SHUT DOWN TRAVEL IN AND OUT OF THE AFFECTED AREAS. DO NOT BRING INFECTED PEOPLE INTO THE U.S.

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ameliabelladonna August 01 2014 at 12:48 PM

Is anyone not surprised at this? With all of the doctors and aids being so careful and still contracting it, it seems obvious it is AIRBORNE and they are trying to cover that up....and bringing infected into the U.S.? Speechless on that one...

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nlcaronrn August 01 2014 at 12:59 PM

I agree with all the other commenters.. Don't we have enough problems without bringing people with ebola here to the US??? Why would anyone d something so stupid? We must stop ALL travelers from African countries to the US NOW!!!!

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spdy65 August 01 2014 at 1:11 PM

Yeah it's all about containment, meanwhile the CDC, the very organization charged with protecting American citizens is bringing an employee sick with the virus back home to the United States. That seems very reckless and careless to me.

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stengernc August 01 2014 at 12:39 PM

Perhaps mother nature is telling us something. ^billion people is too many on this planet and now you are adding another billion in 35 years. Climate change will not allow their support, poverty is rampant, disease follows poverty, poverty follows mindless reproduction. Wars and conflicts are breaking out all over. Why can we recognize the real issue??? Not enough birth control.

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Kim August 01 2014 at 1:12 PM

Why would they risk bringing the sick americans home?! One mistake and we are screwed !

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buddwhyzr August 01 2014 at 12:52 PM

The plan is to send more health workers to the affected areas? Don't expect a mad dash of volunteers.

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