Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses to have struck the world in recent times, has killed almost 5,000 people across the world till now. The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4,950 out of 13,241 cases in the three worst-hit countries of West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The health agency also called for urgent steps to combat the deadly killer.
“Case incidence is declining in some districts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, while steep rises persist in other districts,” the United Nations agency said in a statement. 132 deaths have been reported within the last two days, it was told.
A slowdown in Liberia’s Ebola outbreak and the continued rampant rate of infection in Sierra Leone may reflect contrasting ways the two countries are dealing with burials, WHO experts said earlier on Friday.
The whole world is trying its best to nip the lethal killer, but the measures have met with limited success. One of Africa’s largest trade partners, China, had promised to send 1,000 trained health personnel to the troubled countries soon yesterday.
The popular social networking site, Facebook, also introduced a donate button towards Ebola fund earlier in the day today.
“The best protective measures for non-affected countries are adequate levels of preparedness including heightened surveillance to detect and diagnose cases early and well-prepared staff and operational planning to ensure that suspect cases of Ebola are managed safely and in ways to minimize further spread,” the Travel and Transport Task Force on Ebola Virus Disease said in a separate statement issued on Friday.
Members include the WHO, International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Tourism Organization, International Air Transport Association, and International Maritime Organization.
The group said measures such as quarantine of travelers arriving from Ebola-affected countries could create a false impression of control. It could also reduce the number of health care workers volunteering to help fight the outbreak.
“Such measures may also adversely reduce essential trade including supplies of food, fuel and medical equipment to the affected countries,” it added.
Shoring up defenses in states neighboring the three countries remains critical, the WHO said.