Ebola virus outbreak 'out of control,' says Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, is the only relief organization treating suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, and the demand for assistance is exceeding their capacity. The organization's operations director is urging others to deploy additional resources.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM

MONROVIA, Liberia, June 23 (UPI) -- The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa "is out of control," according to Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, is treating those infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa. The need, however, is exceeding their capacity to respond.

Dr. Bart Janssens, who directs the relief agency's operations, lamented that "Despite the human resources and equipment deployed by MSF in the three affected countries, we are no longer able to send teams to the new outbreak sites."

Janssens is calling on regional governments and aid agencies to step in with a "massive deployment" of resources to meet care and containment needs.

The World Health Organization said that a meeting is scheduled for July 2 and 3 in West Africa to discuss the deployment of additional resources and personnel to infected areas.

Since the epidemic began in March, WHO has reported 567 cases and 350 deaths from the virus.

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