World Health Organisation (WHO) has analyse that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa kills seven out of 10 victims and new cases could hit 10,000 a week within two months if it is not brought under control.
The organisation’s assistant director-general Dr Bruce Aylward said on Tuesday that the death rate was higher than the official 50 percent rate and that “a lot more people will die” if the West Africa outbreak was not stopped.
“What we’re finding is 70 percent mortality,” said Aylward, adding that he had a “working forecast” of 5,000 to 10,000 new cases a week by December to guide the international response.
Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have been hardest hit.
In Berlin, a UN medical worker infected with Ebola in Liberia has died. The St Georg hospital in Leipzig said on Tuesday that the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the infection.
The man tested positive for Ebola on October 6, prompting Liberia’s UN peacekeeping mission to place 41 other staff members under “close medical observation”.