United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has raised the alarm about the outbreak of the Ebola virus, urging world leaders to take serious measures to tackle the epidemic.
“Ebola is raging. It kills more than 200 people a day, two thirds of them women. Despite the valiant efforts of local communities, health systems are buckling under the strain,” said the UN chief on Thursday, addressing a meeting to discuss the international response to the world's worst Ebola epidemic.
“The world can and must stop Ebola now. Today, it is time for the international community to step up and help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continue on the path of development and stability,” Ban stated.
The UN Security Council declared last week that the Ebola outbreak should be considered a serious threat to world peace and security.
West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 2,800 people so far, with over 5,700 being infected.
Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
It remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall sick. There is currently no known cure for Ebola.
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