CDC Says Cases Of Ebola Virus In Liberia Decreasing, Thanks To Global Effort

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said cases of the Ebola virus appears to be no longer increasing in Liberia, thanks to the global support and aid to fight it.

A New York Times report quoted Dr.

Thomas Frieden, CDC Director as saying that cases are in a downtrend.

“There’s been a substantial change in the trend,” Dr.

Frieden was quoted as saying.

He added regarding new cases in Liberia, “there is no longer exponential increase, and in fact, there’s been a decrease,” The New York time article stated that earlier predictions feared, that if not addressed the cases could widen to 1.4 million cases by early 2015.

However cases are still emerging in Guinea and Sierra Leone, two other West African nations that are most affected by the virus aside from Liberia.

“Both their epidemic and their response are several weeks behind Liberia.”  Frieden said.

 In those countries, the projections are that there are at least 1,000 cases every week.

According to WHO website, deaths are now at 5,420 and a total of 15, 145 cases since December 2013.

WHO also noted that 584 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus while caring for the sick and 329 of them died.

Another country on Tuesday however was reported to have one case- Cuba.

Reports stated that it was a Cuban doctor who is a medical worker treating patients in Sierra Leone.

The doctor was sent to be getting treatment in Switzerland.

Ebola causes high fever and internal bleeding.

The disease, which has a 21-day incubation period, spreads via bodily fluids and the bodies of its victims can be contagious.

There is no known cure for the Ebola virus, WHO web site described Ebola as a” severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.

This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.


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