W.H.O predicts spike in Ebola cases
The World Health Organization says that within two months there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola every week.
The organization’s Director General, Dr. Bruce Aylward says that if efforts to control the spread of Ebola are not stepped up in the next 60 days “a lot more people will die”.
He says more help is needed to deal with the outbreak.
For the last four weeks there have been about 1,000 new cases every seven days. That figure includes suspected, confirmed and probable cases.
The WHO is aiming to have 70% of those cases isolated within two months to reverse the outbreak.
To help fight Ebola Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $25 million dollars to the Centres for Disease Control. Zuckerberg made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday.
He says the money will help front-line responders set up care centres, train local staff and spot new Ebola cases.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Taylor will be reviewing the rules for health care workers handling possible Ebola patients.
Taylor says modifications might be required. This is in light of two recent cases of Ebola transmission to health care workers in Dallas, Texas and Spain.
There are no cases of Ebola in Canada, though two patients with Ebola-like symptoms, in Ottawa and Belleville were put in isolation earlier this week.
It was confirmed Monday the patient in Ottawa tested negative for the disease.
40 healthy volunteers will be the first human guinea pigs for an experimental Canadian-made Ebola vaccine.
Results are expected by December and if successful, officials would then try it on those handling Ebola cases in West Africa.
The Canadian-developed vaccine has shown to be 100% effective in preventing the spread of the virus when tested on animals.
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