WHO: Ebola Moving Too Fast

    Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 25, 2014. The Ebola outbreak has killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  West African states lack the resources to battle the world's worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said on Wednesday.  Picture taken June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Umaru Fofana (SIERRA LEONE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTR3WU7I

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    The head of the World Health Organization warned Friday that the Ebola virus is moving faster in West Africa than efforts to control it. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries,” Director-General Margaret Chan said. So far, at least 729 people in four separate countries—Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria—have died since March. While Chan does not believe the virus is a risk yet to the general public, she warned that, “constant mutation and adaptation are the survival mechanisms of viruses and other microbes. We must not give this virus opportunities to deliver more surprises.” The WHO is launching a $100 million response plan. Meanwhile, the two infected American patients are en route to Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

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