DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Beds in Ebola treatment centers are filling up faster than they can be provided, evidence that an outbreak in West Africa is far more severe than the numbers show, an official with the World Health Organization said Friday.
The outbreak sweeping Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria is already the largest and deadliest ever recorded, killing more than 1,060 people, according to the latest WHO figures.
But the U.N. health agency said Thursday that official counts of the dead and infected may still “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”
Doctors Without Borders likened the situation to a state of war and said the outbreak could last six more months.
“We’re running behind a train that is going forward,” Joanne Liu, the medical charity’s international president, told reporters in Geneva on Friday. “And it literally is faster than what we’re bringing in terms of a response.”