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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ebola outbreak centres filling up

Published 15/08/2014 | 13:21

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Beds in Ebola treatment centres in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva that the flood of patients to newly opened treatment centres shows that the outbreak's size is far larger than official counts show.

It said yesterday that recorded death and case tolls may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak".

Mr Hartl said that an 80-bed treatment centre opened in Liberia's capital in recent days filled up immediately. The next day, dozens more people showed up to be treated.

According to WHO figures, the outbreak, which began in Guinea and has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, has killed more than 1,060 people and sickened nearly 2,000.

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