Photo Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei—AFP/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei—AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the Ebola death toll continues to rise killing more than 2,9000 individuals.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached 2,917. While in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone 2,909 people have died. At last 6,242 Ebola cases were reported overall, according to the New York Times.

Though two districts in Sierra Leone are seeing a decline in the amount of people infected and outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal are “pretty much contained,” WHO as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported bleak projections.

WHO believes the amount of outbreaks could increase to 20,000 by early November and CDC estimated Ebola infections could reach a staggering 1.4 million by January 2015.

In WHO’s most recent report it stated treatment centers in the worst-affected countries still falling short of requirements. Liberia, for example, centers only have a total of 315 beds with a need for 1,990, and only 440 beds have been pledged thus far.

In addition, in WHO’s six-month assessment of the Ebola crisis, it was stated moving forward WHO is “conducting systematic risk assessments to identify preparedness needs in neighbouring countries that are extremely worried about their susceptibility to an imported case and their capacity to respond.”

The results of the assessment will be made public soon.

To date 337 healthcare personnel has been infected and more than 181 of them have died, as reported by WHO.

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  • Naijababe

    What I want to know is how did this virus get to West Africa in the first place? And why is it when there is a white person infected, they seem to get all the necessary treatments to fully recover? But for whatever reason, people in west Africa are dying by the thousands. I swear this disease is a set up. Just another way to conduct “population control” smdh.

    • Biological warfare.

  • I wish people would stop spreading these ridiculous rumors. These type rumors is one of the reasons the disease has become so prevalent. Diseases spread because that’s what diseases do. There are many reasons why the disease has spread to West Africa, primarily greater transportation and mobility of the people. We’ve known about ebola for 40 years, and we’re pretty sure that the natural host is a bat. Unfortunately, bats are one of the most populous mammals on the planet, so it’s not surprising that the disease would end up in West Africa. After all, HIV is thought to have started in a remote location as well. As do most forms of influenza, yet the 1918 “Spanish flu” managed to kill millions. Gina McCaulley of What About Our Daughters has started a fundraiser for Africare to provide assistance on the ground. This is especially pressing since the majority of the dead are women. Please give what you can. And even if you can’t give, please for the love of Pete, stop spreading ridiculous rumors.