|Director-General, World Health Organisation, Margaret Chan|
New estimates by the World Health Organisation and the United States health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could rise up to 1.4 million people in Sierria Leone and Liberia by mid-January 2015, unless efforts to curb the outbreak improved significantly.
In its new analysis on Tuesday, the WHO said Ebola cases had been rising and warned that the disease could sicken people for years to come without better control measures.
The WHO’s calculations are based on reported cases only, according to theAssociated Press reports
The UN health agency said the true death toll for Liberia, the outbreak’s hardest-hit nation might never be known since many bodies of Ebola victims in a crowded slum in the capital city, Monrovia, were simply thrown into nearby rivers.
Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses and over 2,800 deaths, but the WHO warned that tallies of recorded cases and deaths were likely to be gross underestimates of the toll that the killer virus was wreaking.