Ebola’s back, in case you thought things were going too well around the world

Actually, “back” is the wrong word, it’s more like “the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history,” per Vox:

The outbreak has now hit three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. And the virus — which starts off with flu-like symptoms and often ends with horrific hemorrhaging — has infected about 600 people and killed an estimated 367 since this winter, according to the numbers on June 26 from the World Health Organization.

On June 23, the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders sent out a distress call. As the only aid organization treating people with Ebola, the group said it was “overwhelmed,” that the epidemic was out of control, and that it couldn’t send workers to new outbreak sites without getting more resources.

Apparently this outbreak is due to the Zaire strain of the virus, which is by far the deadliest of the five known strains and kills around 79% of those it infects. Plus this outbreak is happening in West Africa, where the population tends to travel about more than it does in Central Africa, and that’s only helping the virus to spread.

You can donate to Doctors Without Borders here, so please do if you’re able.

Author: DWD

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