Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

19 August 2014

West Africa: Ebola - No Sign of the Virus Slowing Down

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It's been nearly six months since the first reported case of Ebola in West Africa. Despite everyone's best efforts, we're still no closer to containing the lethal virus. In fact, the opposite is true. Now that it's spread across four African countries, it's going to be even harder to stop - and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

On Sunday, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) opened a new Ebola centre near the Liberian capital Monrovia. When it's up to full capacity, it will be able to handle 400 patients, making it the largest-ever Ebola treatment facility. And even this won't be enough.

"I think it will be very full, very fast, and the situation will continue to get worse," said Lindis Hurum, a project coordinator for MSF, speaking to the New York Times. "In general it is a very difficult and alarming situation. I can't stress that enough."

The new facility opened at just the right time. Only the day before, on Saturday, the previous Ebola centre in the capital had been stormed and ransacked by a group of angry youths, who shouted "there is no Ebola" as they made off with contaminated...

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