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WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts

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An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea’s capital.

Doctors Without Borders said its teams were overwhelmed with new Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and that the situation in Liberia was now “dire.”

Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said the meeting in Conakry “must be a turning point” in the battle against Ebola, which is now sickening people in three African capitals for the first time in history.

"If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries," she said.

At least 729 people in four countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria — have died since cases first emerged back in March. Two American health workers in Liberia have been infected, and an American man of Liberian descent died in Nigeria from the disease, health authorities there say.

Related: State Department Will Evacuate Two Americans Infected With Virus

In case you have been under a rock.

The reality of human society is that there will always be people we don’t like or just don’t get along with. That’s why it’s important not to get carried away by momentary emotions, but instead to make a conscious effort to work together and to strive for unity. The correct path of the wise lies in not becoming mired in arrogance and prejudice.
Daisaku Ikeda - Living Buddhism August 2014 pg 27 (via buddhainyourmirror)
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