West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.
WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, the agency had estimated the Ebola mortality rate at around 50 percent overall. In contrast, in events such as flu pandemics, the death rate is typically under 2 percent. The Associated Press
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warns that if not contained, the Ebola virus might develop into something that would be a very serious concern, could pose significant risks for global economy. (Oct. 2)