The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now risen to at least 1,350 people, World Health Organization said on Thursday. The latest figures showed that the deaths are mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the deaths.
The UN health agency also warned in its announcement that “countries are beginning to experience supply shortages, including fuel, food, and basic supplies.”
This comes after a number of airlines and shipping services have halted transport to the worst affected capitals of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. In a desperate bid to halt the disease’s spread, authorities in Liberia have quarantined off a huge slum that is home to 50,000 people. Protests erupted in West Point today, where residents threw rocks at police.
( News Source: The HINDU Newspaper, Aug 21, 2014)