What we know about the Ebola outbreak in Liberia
The World Health Organization says the country’s public health system is “underperforming”.
“We are not having a good response,” says Dr. J. K. Jepson, WHO director-general.
“I would like to say to our public health workers and their families, it’s your fault.
You are the ones who have to take responsibility for this.”
The epidemic began in March and spread to neighbouring Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, causing more than 100,000 people to contract the disease.
The WHO has recorded 1,941 new cases since the outbreak began, with more than 9,000 deaths.
It has estimated the outbreak could cost the United States up to $400 million in lost tax revenue this year alone.
Its director, Dr. Stephen O’Brien, has called on the U.S. government to take more direct steps to combat the spread of the disease, including the use of a nationwide vaccination campaign.
A spokeswoman for the Trump administration, Stephanie Grisham, says the US is also taking steps to improve the response to the Ebola crisis.
Dr. O’Connor, who is also president of the World Health Assembly, said it’s “essential” for the U,S.
to have the highest standard of care in terms of surveillance and testing of potential exposures.
What we know so far about the outbreak in Sierra LeoneWhat we don’t know so much about the epidemic in LiberiaThe Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in March, when more than 1,000 suspected cases of the virus were identified.
By June, the number of confirmed cases had risen to 1,764.
By the end of July, more than 5,000 of the suspected cases were confirmed.
More than 3,300 people have died of the Ebola virus in Liberia, according to the countrys Health Ministry.
On July 10, the first cases of Ebola were reported in the capital, Conakry.
Two days later, the outbreak was declared over in the country, and by the end, nearly 9,500 people were tested for Ebola.
WHO says there are approximately 10,000 Ebola patients in Guinea and that the number has increased by 5,700 in the last week alone.
The outbreak is spreading to neighboring Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where some of the first patients are being treated.
Ebola can lead to severe fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain, and can also lead to muscle weakness and death.
Liberia has been the epicenter of the epidemic.
In March, at least 11,000 Liberians were infected with Ebola, with a further 5,600 confirmed cases and 1,200 deaths.
The outbreak has spread to other countries, including Sierra Leone.
But the WHO says the number is expected to drop as the crisis subsides and the country moves away from Guinea and Liberia, to better control the spread.
There have been at least 6,300 deaths, of which 4,100 have been attributed to the virus.
According to the WHO, the overall death toll from the Ebola pandemic is expected be about 100,900.