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http://news.msn.com/world/world-losing-battle-to-contain-ebola

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said Tuesday the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.


MSF told a UN briefing in New York that world leaders were failing to address the epidemic and called for an urgent global biological disaster response to get aid and personnel to west Africa.

"Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat," said MSF international president Joanne Liu.

"The (World Health Organization) announcement on August 8 that the epidemic constituted a 'public health emergency of international concern' has not led to decisive action, and states have essentially joined a global coalition of inaction."

Liu called for the international community to fund more beds for a regional network of field hospitals, dispatch trained personnel and deploy mobile laboratories across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

MSF said in a statement accompanying the briefing that the crisis was particularly acute in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, where it is estimated that "800 additional beds are needed".

"Every day we have to turn sick people away because we are too full", said Stefan Liljegren, MSF's coordinator at the ELWA Three Ebola unit in Monrovia.

"I have had to tell ambulance drivers to call me before they arrive with patients, no matter how unwell they are, since we are often unable to admit them."

MSF said that while its care centres in Liberia and Sierra Leone were overcrowded, people were continuing to die in their communities.

"In Sierra Leone, highly infectious bodies are rotting in the streets," their statement said.

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The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,552 people and infected 3,062, according to the latest figures released by the WHO.

At current infection rates, the agency fears it could take six to nine months and at least $490 million (373 million euros) to bring the outbreak under control, by which time over 20,000 people could be affected.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization issued an alert that restrictions on movement in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had led to panic buying, food shortages and severe price hikes.

"Access to food has become a pressing concern for many people in the three affected countries and their neighbours," said Bukar Tijani, FAO Regional Representative for Africa.

"With the main harvest now at risk and trade and movements of goods severely restricted, food insecurity is poised to intensify in the weeks and months to come.

"The situation will have long-lasting impacts on farmers' livelihoods and rural economies."

The food security alert was sounded as the WHO announced a separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has now killed 31 people, although it added that the contagion was confined to an area 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of Kinshasa.

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The closure of border crossings where the three countries meet, as well as reduced trade at seaports, is strangling supply and sending prices soaring, the FAO said.

In Liberia, which has been hardest-hit with 694 deaths, the price of the national staple cassava in market stalls in Monrovia went up 150 percent within the first weeks of August, the FAO said.

"Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the affected areas were spending up to 80 percent of their incomes on food," said Vincent Martin, Head of FAO's Resilience Hub in Dakar, Senegal.

"Now these latest price spikes are effectively putting food completely out of their reach. This situation may have social repercussions that could lead to subsequent impact on the disease containment."

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) launched an emergency operation on Tuesday to get 65,000 tonnes of food to 1.3 million people in the worst-hit areas.

The outbreak of Ebola, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has sparked alarm throughout west Africa but also further afield, with international flights being halted.

The WHO has appealed for the reversal of flight cancellations and virologists said Tuesday travel restrictions could worsen the epidemic, limiting medical and food supplies and keeping out much-needed doctors.

"If we impose an aerial quarantine on these countries, we undermine their fight against the epidemic: the rotation of foreign medical staff and distribution of supplies, already inadequate, will become even more difficult," said Sylvain Baize, head of the Pasteur Institute's viral haemorrhagic fever centre in Lyon, France.

Meanwhile Michael Kinzer of the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) likened closing borders to "closing your eyes".

"It makes more sense for countries to spend their money and energy on preparing their health systems to recognise an Ebola case and respond correctly... so that the virus does not spread," he said.
 

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before what? you think that some ebola patient will accidently run a kissing booth? a network marketing kissing booth that reaches all americans?


its like aids this could be stopped by no intimate contact rules being observed.

they seem to be using american fear to fund their food missions.
 

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Sort of like a slower spreading version of World War Z.

I wince a bit whenever someone coughs in the same room I'm in.

Eternal salvation in Christ Jesus alone, John 3:16.
has anyone ever coughed directly in your face?
 

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Im sorry if it's uncaring or ruthless, but I think a total quarantine of the effected nations should be enacted. Nobody in or out until the virus has burned itself out. It's sad that people are starving to death, but this is one of those cases where it's better to let a relative few die that a larger population (the world) be spared. If we have to feed them because we just "wouldn't be able to live with ourselves", we should just airdrop food into the worst effected areas. In my opinion it is completely insane to expose the rest of the world to a deadly contagion for the sake of humanitarian ideals.
 

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There have always been two primary strains of ebola and one is so deadly that it kills faster then it can spread, the other doesn't kill as sure nor as fast which increases it's chance to spread and infect and ultimately kill more people. But ebola is no different then other viruses that mutate over time. It is truly just a matter of time before it mutates into something far worse. There is nothing we can do about it that i know of, they don't even know where it "originates" from, only that once in awhile someone comes down with it and the bad times start again. Some day it'll be worse then this.
 

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Perhaps an islamofacist suicide jockey will decide to start infecting latino undocumented immigrants in Ciuidad, Mexico then pay the coyotes to smuggle them into the US. Obama will of course ensure they are distributed country wide...... Wait a minute, I need to adjust my tinfoil hat.... Ah yes, better reception now..... What? Wait a minute; my hat isn't tinfoil any more? Duh! Who'd a thunk it?!!!!!

Let's see.... Use one of the stolen Libyan airliners to ship infected people directly to Cuba (on a diplomatic flight of course). Fly from Cuba to an airport in Mexico, release the infected people into the wild, keeping a few headed to Ciuidad of course. Once ebola breaks out in Mexico, the whole nation will be heading to the US....... Oh yeah, tinfoil hat is back.... Not!!!!
 

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I can't decide if Ebola will be a real threat if and when it gets here. Some accounts have it that the present epidemic aka high rate of transmission is due to the fact that Africans wash and otherwise extensively handle their dead family members, and when you combine that with their general lack of western hygiene, it seems doubtful that the disease would spread here. I am however all too aware of how such a simple logical analysis, especially when based on 'a few basic facts,' tends to fail badly in the real world.
 

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It would cause panic. I don't need anymore reasons not to deal with less people than I already do. It's rampant there because they are in a third world country and done or can't practice good hygiene. My house does...
 

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Like I am trying to point out, the ebola of yesterday is not the same ebola of today, or of tomorrow. You may think you are safe from it now, and you may be for the next 20 years. But it's only a matter of time and it will mutate into something that no one is safe from, that can't be contained easily, etc. Just a matter of time.
 

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I wonder if global warming has anything to do with it. Or more insidious, Global Climate Change. I'm sure we could do something to arrest the march of these impending disasters...what could it be?
 
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