Liberia keeps battling to stop the spread of the Ebola outbreak in capital Monrovia, recording most of the fatalities from all the West Africa countries affected.
The hemorrhagic disease can kill 90% of those affected and although the current death rate is lower, we are still looking at a disease that is simply reaching new areas, ravaging the states of Guinea, Sierra Leona and Liberia, while also reaching Nigeria.
The World Health Organization announced that the death toll is now 1,299 out of the 2,240 cases identified. Liberia has the most new deaths recorded since the last count, 53 deaths in 2 days.
The quarantine zones are getting food supplies from The WHO. This includes 1 million people that are currently living in the quarantine zones cordoned by local security forces. An official statement said:
“Food has been delivered to hospitalized patients and people under quarantine who are not able to leave their homes to purchase food. Providing regular food supplies is a potent means of limiting unnecessary movement.”
Liberia is currently fighting to stop virus spread in poor neighborhoods. The fear of wider contagion is increasing and police forces are necessary to control the lack of knowledge of those affected. Incidents are reported in which citizens attack locations where Ebola suspects are infected.
Good news come from improvements noticed after untested pharmaceuticals were used to treat some of the Ebola patients. ZMapp, a rare experimental drug, was offered to 3 Africans that started to show “remarkable signs of improvement.”
The problem is that supplies of the drug were exhausted. Officials declared that not much hope should be put in scarce and untested treatments.