Some dire news from the World Health Organization (WHO) was announced today as the case count and deaths from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues it’s rise.

Ebola outbreak
West Africa Ebola outbreak/CDC

As of Sept. 13, there has been 4963 (probable, confirmed and suspected) cases and 2453 deaths reported in the current outbreak by the Ministries of Health of Guinea and Sierra Leone, and as at 9 September by the Ministry of Health of Liberia.  These three countries are remain seeing widespread and intense transmission of the virus, according to the WHO.

In addition, several other announcement were made concerning the outbreak. UN Ebola coordinator, David Nabarro described the outbreak as “unparalleled in modern times” and the cost to contain the outbreak has increased by huge number–it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis warning the number of cases could start doubling every three weeks.

Even with US President Barack Obama pledge for 3,000 troops to help with the outbreak, MSF President, Joanne Liu said, “The response to Ebola continues to fall dangerously behind. The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is closing. We need more countries to stand up, we need greater deployment, and we need it now.” For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page