Update: Ebola in West Africa

August 8, 2014 4:53 PM

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Update: Ebola in West Africa

Emergency teams from the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are continuing their efforts to fight the Ebola epidemic in west Africa. The disease has claimed 932 lives, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), since the outbreak began in March this year. Over recent weeks, MSF teams have seen a worrying surge in the epidemic, with the number of cases increasing dramatically in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and the disease spreading to many more villages and towns.

MSF currently has 676 staff working in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, but warns that it has reached its limit in terms of staff, and urges the WHO, health authorities, and other organizations to scale up their response.

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