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Ebola is ‘entrenched and accelerating’ in West Africa

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has now warned that Ebola is now entrenched in most capital cities of all three worst-affected countries and is accelerating in almost all areas and places.

WHO deputy head Bruce Aylward warned that the world’s response was not keeping up with the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The three countries have appealed for more aid to help fight the disease. The outbreak has killed more than 3,860 people, mainly in West Africa.

More than 200 health workers are among the victims. Speaking on Thursday, Mr Aylward said the situation was worse than it was 12 days ago.

“The disease is entrenched in the capitals, 70% of the people affected are definitely dying from this disease, and it is accelerating in almost all of the settings,” he said.

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) reported a sharp increase of Ebola cases in the Guinean capital, Conakry, dashing hopes that that the disease was being stabilised there.

Speaking to the BBC on Friday, MSF President Joanna Liu called for urgent international action.

“We’re not winning the battle,” she said.

“To get ahead of the game we’re going to need to deploy much more massively than what we have done so far.”

So far at least one in 20 of those killed in the latest outbreak have been the medical staffs and aids.

How not to catch Ebola: Avoid direct contact with sick patients, wear goggles to protect eyes, Clothing and clinical waste should be incinerated and any medical equipment that needs to be kept should be decontaminated, People who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex or use condoms for three months

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