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Ebola Epidemic Would End if 70% of Cases are Properly Cared For- CDC


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According to America's Centre for Disease Control, numbers of Ebola cases in West Africa could rise to between half a million and 1.4 million by January if things go at its current pace but would decrease gradually and eventually end if 70% of infected people are properly taken care of.

Excerpt from CNN:

The number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could rise to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January if there are no "additional interventions or changes in community behavior," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Tuesday. The estimate was derived from a new forecasting tool developed by the CDC.

The range of estimated cases to come -- from 550,000 to 1.4 million -- is wide because officials say they think the current case count is highly under-reported. The official death toll from Ebola in West Africa has climbed to more than 2,800 in six months, with 5,800 cases confirmed as of Monday, the World Health Organization said.

But the CDC estimates that if 70% of people with Ebola are properly cared for in medical facilities, the epidemic could begin to decrease and eventually end. Given that several countries and organizations have pledged to provide more support for the Ebola-affected countries, the CDC report suggests the higher projections of cases in the coming months might be avoided.

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