Ebola may be deadlier and more widespread: Study

By: |
Washington | November 5, 2014 5:47 PM

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed over 5,000 people....

 The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has grown exponentially since May and has already killed over 5,000 people (Reuters)The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has grown exponentially since May and has already killed over 5,000 people (Reuters)

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has grown exponentially since May and has already killed over 5,000 people could prove to be more widespread and deadlier than we think, researchers warn.

A new analysis indicates that the outbreak’s fatality rate is over 70 per cent – rather than 50 per cent as previously claimed by the World Health Organisation – and that the total number of affected individuals could exceed 1 million by early next year, researchers said.

As long as the number of infected people rises exponentially, the likelihood of exporting Ebola to other countries does as well, they said.

“The disease itself hasn’t changed, with essentially the same fatality rate and transmissibility as ever. What is different is the number of sickened individuals,” said Dr Allen Hunt, professor at Wright State University in the US.

“If trends continue a few more months, the global community could be forced into a terrible ethical dilemma – either risking the escape of Ebola to other poor, war-torn countries, or sealing off borders to countries in West Africa, with unimaginable humanitarian consequences,” said Hunt.

The study was published in the journal Complexity.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1COVID-19 vaccine: Regulators, experts take up thorny vaccine study issues
2IIT Kharagpur’s COVIRAP test could change the COVID-19 testing in India: All you need to know
3COVID-19: India records 55,839 new infections, 702 deaths