Ebola infection chains make counting cases a challenge : WHO

10 Sep 2014

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The exact number of people who have contracted the Ebola disease in West Africa is unclear according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of Tuesday, WHO says there are more than 4,000 infected people in the region, and more than 2000 deaths.

Taric Jasarevic, spokesperson for the WHO, says there is a need to look beyond figures as the disease is spreading too quickly to count.

“We should understand that there are many people out there who are infected and who are not reported. There are a lot of infection chains going inside communities, and we really need to look with our international partners on best ways to try to provide treatment for these people and try to reduce the transmission of the virus so we can really get control of it.”  (23″)

Mr Jasarevic added that WHO is trying to be at the forefront of the battle.

The Organization is working closely with UN partners and agencies with the goal of stopping transmission worldwide within six to nine months.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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