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Ebola Crisis in West Africa: Ebola Could Become the Next HIV/AIDS as Death Toll Passes 3,900 in West Africa / News

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The Director for the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in the United States, Dr. Thomas Frieden has said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is likely to become the next HIV/AIDS the world has to fight.

The disease has so far killed more than 3,900 people, with More than 200 health workers among the victims.

Dr. Frieden said fast global response could however ensure that it did not turn out to become the next worse epidemic like the deadly AIDS virus which has killed an estimated more than 36 million people worldwide.

In Spain, the Health Ministry said on Thursday that the health of a Spanish nurse, Teresa Romero who became the first person to contract the Ebola disease outside West Africa condition has worsened.

Dr. Frieden told a team of health expert that the Ebola virus is one of the biggest crisis he had ever seen in his entire career as a public health expert.

“I would say that in the 30 years I’ve been working in public health, the only thing like this has been Aids,” he said.

Meanwhile, the worse affected Ebola countries in West Africa-Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – have all appealed for more aid from the International Community.

Nigeria had seven confirmed deaths from Ebola and seems to have successfully contained the spread of the disease and has announced that 200 healthcare workers have volunteered to be sent to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as part of a global response to fight the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Ebola infections could increase to 20,000 by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak were not stepped up.

New figures suggest that 70% of those infected with Ebola in West Africa have died, putting the disease in a very deadly position.

According to health experts, Ebola Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and breakdown of central nervous system. The disease is said to spread by body fluids such as blood or saliva.

Fatality rate is said to be around 90% but current outbreak has a mortality rate of about 55% and incubation period is 2 to 21 days. There is no proven vaccine or cure as at now but supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhea and vomiting can help recovery.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

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