The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing efforts to contain it. African leaders have agreed on tougher measures to stop the disease, while the US is preparing facilities to treat its two infected citizens.
“This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said Friday, addressing the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire at a summit in the capital of Guinea, Conakry. She warned that a failure to contain the epidemic would result in “catastrophic” consequences in terms of a huge death toll and economic disruption.
“The presidents recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreak in their countries,” Chan said after the meeting. “They are determined to take extraordinary measures to stop Ebola in their countries.”