Over 20,000 people might be affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. WHO says that it could spread to more countries and it warns that there is a need for an international effort that costs around half a billion dollars for overcoming the outbreak.
A $490 million strategic plan is required for containing the epidemic over the next 9 months and this was on the basis of the projection that the virus may spread to 10 further countries apart from the 4 that are affected now – Nigeria, Leone, Sierra, Liberia and Guinea.
With the warning of IMF about the economic effects of this outbreak, it was reported by Nigeria that a doctor who had an indirect link to the Liberian-American, who was responsible for bringing about the disease in the country had died of Ebola in Port Harcourt, the largest energy hub of Africa.
In Britain, GlaxoSmithKline, the drugmaker said that an experimental vaccine for Ebola is being fast-tracked and there are plans of producing around 10,000 doses for emergency deployment if good results are shown.
As of now, 3,069 cases have been reported. However, as per Dr. Bruce Aylward, the Assistant Director-General of WHO said that this apart from being an African issue is a health security issue across the globe.
On the 26th of August, the death toll was around 1,552 with fatality rate of 52%. Aylward stated that in order to tackle the epidemic, 1000s of local staff and 750 international experts are required. This operation is an expensive one.
The WHO plan was welcomed by Medical Charity Medicins Sans Frontieres but it said that acting upon it was the most important thing now.