The Huffington Post | By Charlotte Alfred
The world’s worst Ebola outbreak is far from over. While news about Ebola has all but disappeared from U.S. TV screens and social media in recent weeks, the deadly virus continues to wreak havoc in West Africa.
Ebola’s spread has slowed in two of the worst-hit countries, Liberia and Guinea, and the World Health Organization (WHO) says the two nations have made progress in isolating patients. But experts caution that such gains are fragile and easily reversed. “There is no room for optimism as long as you are dealing with an Ebola virus,” WHO assistant secretary-general Bruce Aylward said Monday. Meanwhile, the disease remains rampant in neighboring Sierra Leone. The economies of all three West African nations are still reeling from the crisis.
Peter Piot, one of the scientists who first discovered Ebola in 1976, warned last week that the epidemic could get worse before it gets better. “Let’s not forget that this whole epidemic started with one person — in other words, it will not be over until the last person with Ebola is dead or has recovered without infecting other people. That is the daunting task we face,” Piot said.
The statistics on the Ebola outbreak listed below illustrate the scale of the ongoing health crisis in West Africa and remind us that it will take a global effort to defeat the deadly disease.
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