As government officials took fresh measures Wednesday to contain the spiraling Ebola outbreak, humanitarian agencies working in west Africa stepped up their efforts to protect their own people and sounded the alarm about the severity of the crisis.
As of July 23, the World Health Organization had confirmed more than 800 Ebola cases, but suspects there have been many as 1,200 cases. WHO has confirmed 456 deaths, and suspects there have been at least 216 more, tied to the virus.
Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said that those figures likely understate how bad things are, noting “there are many places where people are infected, but we don’t know about it.” And it’s not like officials have had much success corralling the disease.
“This epidemic is without precedent,” said Janssens, whose group also is known as Médecins Sans Frontières. “It’s absolutely not under control, and the situation…
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