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.