Doctors Helpless Against Worst-Ever Ebola Outbreak
At least 337 dead in 3 West African countries
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 1:28 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2014 7:03 AM CDT
People protest outside a hospital as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits the area after Ebola deaths in Monrovia, Liberia.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

(Newser) – The Ebola outbreak that was called "unprecedented" when it had killed 80 people in March has now infected at least 500 people in three countries and health authorities say they're not sure how to stop it. The outbreak has now killed at least 337 people, making it the worst since the incurable virus surfaced in 1976, and reported cases have surged 60% over the last two weeks. "There are many villages in the eastern part of Sierra Leone that are basically devastated," a virologist tells NPR. "We walked into one village ... and we found 25 corpses. One house with seven people, all in one family, were dead."

Experts say the virus tends to kill so quickly that outbreaks are relatively easy to stop, but this outbreak, the first major one in West Africa, is different, with the virus spreading from Guinea into Sierra Leone and Liberia. "This is a complex outbreak involving multiple locations in three countries with a lot of cross-border movement among the communities," a UN health agency spokeswoman tells Al Jazeera. "This makes this one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks ever." She says fear of the disease has hampered efforts to isolate infected people and more needs to be done to get sick people into treatment and track down people they have come into contact with. A few days ago, the first cases surfaced in the Liberian capital, including at least seven deaths, the AP reports. At a hospital on the outskirts of Monrovia, staff and patients fled after the death of a nurse.

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Box1Car
Jun 19, 2014 10:13 AM CDT
If religion promotes NO BIRTH Control, we'll wind up with DEATH Control as our only option, whether by Civil War (Viet Nam, Middle East) or by Ma' Nature steppin' it up. 4 now the Birth to Death rate is 2 to 1 globally> Means Death rate WILL increase- DUH
heretoday
Jun 19, 2014 9:54 AM CDT
Don't see the big deal here. Those numbers don't add up to even a few days of car deaths in the USA or a month of carnage in the Chicago ghettos. But maybe we could use a nice huge plague to clean house. Obama and the libs would be really happy about it as he hides in his bunker.
Mark Dreher
Jun 19, 2014 9:47 AM CDT
"And then the Lamb" "Broke the Fourth Seal". The Fourth Seal--Death 7When the Lamb (the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ) broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come." 8 "And I looked, and behold, I saw a pale horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death, and all Hell followed along with him. And authority was given unto him over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword (my tongue), and with famine, and with pestilence, and with the wild beasts of the earth". Revelation 6:7-8.