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WHO launches $100 mil. plan to stop Ebola spread

Updated: 2014-08-01 20:05:09 (KST)
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Health authorities in West Africa are struggling to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak.

"To look over this fence right behind you now, you see and look at the patients and you know that their chances are very small. It's horrible."

More than 700 people, including dozens of health workers, have died so far from this year's outbreak, and there are currently more than 13-hundred others who are confirmed to have the virus.
Sierra Leone, one of the hardest hit countries,
is currently in a state of emergency, and health officials have begun to quarantine certain areas.
The rapid spread of the virus is putting a strain on the nation.

"Already we had a very inadequate workforce and we do not have enough specialists in the country as well as medical doctors and even specialist nurses are concerned."

That concern has spread throughout the world.
The World Health Organization said Thursday that it is launching a 100-million dollar response plan to combat Ebola in West Africa.

"The plan identifies a whole range of medical personnel required to help support the response to the outbreak."

Meanwhile the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised Americans to avoid non-essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
And according to CNN and USA Today, the U.S. government plans to test an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as September.
There is currently no cure or vaccine for Ebola-- and the fatality rate of the current outbreak stands at about 60 percent.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.


Reporter : paulyi@arirang.co.kr

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