Sixty Days To Beat Ebola, United Nations Warns

The UN says the ebola outbreak must be controlled within 60 days or else the world faces an “unprecedented” situation for which there is no plan.

The United Nations made the stark warning as it warned that the disease “is running faster than us and it is winning the race”.

Nearly 9,000 cases of ebola have been reported so far in West Africa, including 4,447 deaths.

“The WHO advises within 60 days we must ensure 70% of infected people are in a care facility and 70% of burials are done without causing further infection,” said Anthony Banbury, the UN’s deputy ebola coordinator.

“We need to do that within 60 days from 1 October. If we reach these targets then we can turn this epidemic around.”

But Mr Banbury told the UN Security Council the 70% target was becoming harder to meet as new infections stack up.

He urged: “We either stop ebola now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan.”

The UN’s Unmeer emergency mission is following a four-pronged plan to fight ebola.

Identify and trace contacts; manage cases; ensure safe burials and provide people with information to protect themselves.

“If we fail at any of these, we fail entirely,” warned Mr Banbury.

Full article: Sixty Days To Beat Ebola, United Nations Warns (Sky News)

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