Ebola death toll above 1,900, says WHO

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,900 people have died in the West African Ebola outbreaks, with a total of 3,500 confirmed or probable cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The WHO have warned that at least £360m($600m) is needed to tackle the virus, and that before the outbreak is brought under control, 20,000 people will be infected.

To this end, today the WHO will be meeting with disease control experts, medical researchers, officials from affected countries, and specialists on medical ethics in Geneva.

WHO Chief Margaret Chan described the outbreak as “the largest and most sever and most complex we have ever seen.”

“No-one, even outbreak responders with experience dating back to 1976, to 1995, people that were directly involved with those outbreaks, none of them have ever seen anything like it,” she said.

“The outbreaks are racing ahead of the control efforts in these countries.”

More than 40% of deaths to the outbreak have all been within the three weeks leading up to 3rd September, according to the WHO, indicating that the epidemic is beginning to spiral out of control.

On Tuesday, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned that a global military intervention was required to tackle the outbreak, condemning the global response to be “lethally inadequate”.

It also called for military and civilian teams that were capable of dealing with a biological disaster to be deployed immediately, more field hospitals to be set up, trained healthcare workers to sent to the regions and air support for moving patients and medics.

On Wednesday the first Briton to contract Ebola during the outbreak was discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.

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