WHO: Ebola Virus Spreading Exponentially in Liberia


The Ebola virus is spreading rapidly in Liberia, the World Health Organization warned.

“Motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are a hot source of potential virus transmission because they are not disinfected in Liberia, where conventional Ebola control measures are not having an adequate impact,” the organization said, The Independent reported.

The United Nations agency said aid partners needed to scale up efforts against Ebola by three- to fourfold in Liberia and elsewhere in West African countries battling the epidemic.

In Liberia, the disease has killed 1,089 people among 1,871 cases, the highest national toll, according to the WHO’s update of last Friday. Overall in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, 2,097 have died out of 3,944 cases. Another 18 cases and seven deaths have been recorded in Nigeria and one non-fatal case in Senegal.

“Fourteen of Liberia’s 15 counties have reported confirmed cases,” the WHO said.

“The number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in Ebola-specific treatment centers,” it said.

“Many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming three weeks.”