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Ebola ‘out of control,’ number of cases understated, official says

WASHINGTON — In often chilling testimony Thursday, an official with a relief organization responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa labeled efforts to control the virus a failure. Ken Isaacs, a vice president with Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian humanitarian organization, also said the number of Ebola cases and deaths reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) are probably 25 percent to 50 percent below actual levels. During testimony before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Isaacs said volunteers in the affected countries were in dire need of enhanced international support, including aircraft equipped to transport Ebola patients, more laboratories to speed the processing of blood tests and more security for health workers who face violence and a lack of cooperation from villagers. Isaacs told of a prominent Liberian doctor who “openly mocked the existence of Ebola” by trying to enter a hospital isolation ward with no gloves or protective clothing. He and another man who accompanied him to the hospital died within five days, Isaacs said. More via The Seattle Times.

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