By John Vibes
Senior official for Doctors Without Borders gives grave warning about Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
LIBERIA (INTELLIHUB) — One of the worst Ebola outbreaks in recorded history has been brewing in West Africa for the past several months, and the international media has been largely silent about the severity of this issue and how far it has spread to other areas of the world.
According to World Health Organization statistics, the highest recorded death toll from an Ebola outbreak was in Congo during the 1976 outbreak, when 280 deaths were reported. This was the also the first recorded outbreak of Ebola. Since then, Ebola has still been a serious problem in Africa, but it has not risen to epidemic levels.
However, the most current situation is getting very dangerous. According to new WHO statistics, Ebola has caused more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
On Friday, Bart Janssens, the director of operations for Doctors Without Borders told The Associated Press that,”the reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave, and, for me, it is totally out of control.”
Janssens said that this outbreak is far worse than the international media and world governments are willing to admit.
“There needs to be a real political commitment that this is a very big emergency, otherwise, it will continue to spread, and for sure it will spread to more countries,” he said.
Janssens is one of a number of doctors who have witnessed the outbreak and are warning about its potential danger.
“This is the highest outbreak on record and has the highest number of deaths, so this is unprecedented so far,” Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist with Doctors Without Borders told The Associated Press.
A few months back, we reported that there have already been two cases that were suspected to have left the country.
One Canadian man traveling from the area became infected and brought the virus home to Canada. When he was sick at a Canadian hospital, health officials insisted that there was nothing to be afraid of, and that his virus was not actually Ebola, but only an “Ebola-like” virus. However, the fact that this person was recently in an Ebola outbreak area is leaving many to wonder if this is a true Ebola case that is being downplayed by health officials.
Another case appeared in Minnesota, and passed through New York City, according to the CDC.
Preliminary information indicates that the patient flew from West Africa to New York City and caught another flight to Minneapolis. “Given what we know about how Lassa virus is spread to people, the risk to other travelers and members of the public is extremely low,” said Martin Cetron, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.
The epicenter of this outbreak is near a major regional transport hub, the Guinean city of Gueckedou, meaning the illness has a very high probability of spreading.
Sources interviewed from Doctors Without Borders say that emergency staff is overwhelmed with the relief effort, and few are optimistic that this outbreak will be suppressed.