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Ebola Cases May Reach 10,000 Weekly, Virus Killing 70% of People Who Contract Disease

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U.N. Health Body Aims to Have Majority of Cases Isolated Within Two Months to Reverse Outbreak

WHO: Virus is Killing 70% of People Who Contract Disease

ZURICH— WSJ – Andrew Morse reports: The Ebola virus is killing 70% of the people who contract the disease, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, and as many as 10,000 new cases a week could be reported by early December.
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“Every time you isolate another patient, every time you have a safe burial, you’re taking some of the heat out of this outbreak.”

— WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward

Dr. Bruce Aylward, the WHO assistant director-general in charge of the organization’s response to the epidemic, said the Ebola virus is “still moving geographically, still escalating” in some bigger cities. He expressed concern the disease could spread to countries that share borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the epicenters of the current outbreak, singling out Côte d’Ivoire as particularly vulnerable.

Dr. Aylward pushed for adoption of the WHO’s goal to safely bury 70% of the people killed by Ebola and treat 70% those with the disease within 60 days, a plan it’s dubbed 70-70-60, to help prevent the spread of the disease.

The WHO’s latest numbers indicated 8,914 suspected or confirmed Ebola cases and 4,447 deaths from the disease. Based on those numbers, the mortality rate is…(read more)

WSJ

Write to Andrew Morse at andrew.morse@wsj.com

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