In just two months, the Ebola outbreak that has wreaked havoc on West Africa and is spreading to the U.S. and Europe could see 10,000 new cases every week, according to the World Health Organization. The latest prediction from WHO paints a bleak future as the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has health officials across the globe struggling to treat and prevent the disease that has no cure.
World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said Tuesday that by December, there could be up to 10,000 Ebola cases per week in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the outbreak that began in March. Aylward said WHO is focusing on isolating Ebola cases and treating patients with professional medical care. Meanwhile, the United Nations said Tuesday that its $1 billion Ebola fund aimed at slowing down the outbreak remains less than 25 percent funded.
Ebola has claimed 4,447 lives out of 8,914 cases, according to WHO’s latest estimates on Tuesday. In recent days, the first Ebola patient to contract the disease in the U.S. died in Dallas and a nurse who treated him was diagnosed with Ebola. Meanwhile, Spain marked the first Ebola case outside of West Africa.