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UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000


GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than 6 times as many as doctors know about now.

A new plan to stop Ebola by the U.N. health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.

The agency on Thursday published new figures saying that 1,552 people have died from the killer virus from among the 3,069 cases reported so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. At least 40 percent of the cases have been in just the last three weeks, the U.N. health agency said, adding that "the outbreak continues to accelerate."

UN: Ebola Cases Could Eventually Reach 20,000

Nigerian authorities, meanwhile, said a man who contracted Ebola after coming into contact with a traveler from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died.

The announcement of a sixth death in Nigeria marked the first fatality outside the commercial capital of Lagos, where a Liberian-American man Patrick Sawyer arrived in late July and later died of Ebola. On Wednesday, Nigerian authorities had said they not yet eliminated the disease from Africa's most populous nation but that it was being contained.

The Nigerian patient had come into contact with Sawyer but later left for the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt.

"After four days, following a manhunt for him, he returned to Lagos by which time he was found to be without symptoms," Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told reporters. "This case would have been of no further interest since he had completed the 21 days of surveillance without any other issue but for the fact that the doctor who treated him died."

The doctor's wife is also in isolation now after she starting showing symptoms of Ebola, he added. Morticians who embalmed the doctor are part of a group of 70 people now under surveillance in Port Harcourt.

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notapclib August 28 2014 at 8:57 AM

CDC - "its worse than we thought"

The rest of the nation in response - D'oh!

The obama CDC who can't keep track of decades old small pox samples. Is this the obama CDC who has difficulty getting out the way of its self is now saying they were surprised but yet have permitted ebola virus carriers to enter the country? There is a solution to the issue - at least as far as the USA is concerned... close the borders, put anyone who has had any contact with anyone from the region in the past 90 days into quarantine and ban all USA travel to or from the toxic zone.

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dwtomczyk August 28 2014 at 8:51 AM

sounds like Ebola is to 2014 as Aids was in 1981.

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skydrop007 August 28 2014 at 9:14 AM

Obama's Gov't under estimates everything or doesn't take anything seriously, yet the uber liberals believe him, pathetic.

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John August 28 2014 at 10:01 AM

Masters of Distraction at it again .
First the Ferguson issue, now this, all to distract us from what is going on at the border .

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billcdaly August 28 2014 at 11:02 AM

But we keep letting in all those on student, refugees and work visas.
We always import our problems.

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Sarah billcdaly August 28 2014 at 1:11 PM

The Dependocrats will welcome all who managed to mark a ballot - billcdaly!

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billcdaly August 28 2014 at 11:21 AM

Scary thought - an Islam terrorist gets infected purposely and enters our country on a student, worker or refugee visa.

We always seem to import our problems because of our PC behaviors and policies.

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Ma Fosz August 28 2014 at 9:36 AM

Ebola will be the answer to controlling the outbreak of the massive world population growth. It is all part of the natural sequence of life.

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jim August 28 2014 at 1:02 PM

20,000. They generally are quite conservative in their news updates. I bet there will be more than that.

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Brutuss August 28 2014 at 8:30 AM

Time to firebomb the entire area, before it becomes the next Pandemic. Napalm, whatever it takes. This threat is as bad as the ISIS/ISIL crisis.

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futbook Brutuss August 28 2014 at 10:50 PM

Exactly what Jesus would do.

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MICHAEL August 28 2014 at 12:00 PM

Add a comment... saw on the news nite before last that there were 6 suspected cases in the u.s. and now there are 22 suspected cases. mostly in new york and miami area. so, it went from 6 to 22 in a week. good grief imagine ebola in n.y.

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rkozlowskiny MICHAEL August 28 2014 at 1:19 PM

too many people on the planet now good old mom earth will show us how to wage war and if i have to go well farewell and ado oh u know the rest

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hellyon3too MICHAEL August 29 2014 at 8:50 AM

The operative word is "suspected." Because of all you Chicken Littles running around screaming that the sky is falling, every case of flu, ever food poisoning, every nondescript complaint and garden variety case of diarrhea is going to be suspected of being Ebola. So far, every single case of "suspected" Ebola has proven to be false.

Good job, Chicken Little.

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