WHO: West Africa’s outbreak ‘most challenging’


Ever since the deadly Ebola virus surfaced in Africa 4 decades ago, the latest unprecedented outbreak in West Africa is regarded by health workers as the “most challenging” yet. World Health Organization assistant director-general Keiji Fukuda said they are concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicenter in the forests of southern Guinea, a place in Africa they had never had an outbreak before. Ebola leads to hemorrhagic fever, causing, among others, muscle pain, vomiting, and in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding. Most severe strains have had a 90% fatality rate.

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