World Health Organization had come out with some encouraging news last week. Ebola cases were thought to be decreasing in Liberia, though the disease incidence was perceived to be on the higher side in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The gravity of the situation can be understood from the fact that in the last 21 days, around 1,828 cases of Ebola has been reported in these three countries. During this duration 64 percent new cases were reported in Sierra Leone while 22 percent were found in Liberia and 14 percent were found in Guinea.
Incidentally, WHO has announced that Ebola cases in Liberia were decreasing at a faster pace as compared to other nations affected by this deadly virus. However, facts speak otherwise and WHO might need to rework its strategies. WHO sources however pointed that it was revising its data on the incidence of Ebola on a regular basis and the error might have crept inevitably.
The good news however is that during this duration no new case of Ebola was reported in the district of Gueckedou in Guinea which was the epicentre of Ebola.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to Ebola has risen to 4,818 and 13,042 cases have been reported till November 2nd. Adding a note of caution, WHO has pointed out that the death toll, could be somewhat higher as some cases might still be unreported.
Delay in drug development for fighting Ebola is also a major hindrance which health authorities need to work on in the Ebola affected zone of West Africa.
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