From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Breaking News: Ebola epidemic in W. Africa "out of control"
Date: Tue Jun 24 19:04:59 MDT 2014
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Epidemics
Ebola epidemic in West Africa is “out of control”

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned that the ebola epidemic in west Africa is "out of control" and will not be contained unless politicians, religious leaders, and aid agencies urgently improve their response to the unprecedented outbreak. The deadly disease is continuing to spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) says the outbreak has so far claimed 337 lives. WHO says that the confirmed, probable, or suspected cases stands at 528, with the disease identified in more than sixty locations across the three west African countries. The WHO said on Saturday that a failure by the authorities in Guinea to gauge the severity of the initial outbreak, and a subsequent relaxation of counter-measures, had created a "second wave" of the disease.

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