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Monday August 3rd, 2015 2:44AM

UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

By The Associated Press
GENEVA (AP) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now, the World Health Organization said Thursday.<br /> <br /> A new plan to stop Ebola by the U.N. health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.<br /> <br /> The agency published new figures saying that 1,552 people have died from the killer virus from among the 3,069 cases reported so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. At least 40 percent of the cases have been in just the last three weeks, the U.N. health agency said, adding that "the outbreak continues to accelerate."<br /> <br /> In Geneva, the agency also released a new plan for handling the Ebola crisis that aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months and prevent it from spreading internationally.<br /> <br /> Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director-general, told reporters the plan would cost $489 million over the next nine months and require the assistance of 750 international workers and 12,000 national workers.<br /> <br /> The 20,000 figure, he added, "is a scale that I think has not ever been anticipated in terms of an Ebola outbreak."<br /> <br /> "That's not saying we expect 20,000," he added. "But we have got to have a system in place that we can deal with robust numbers."<br /> <br /> Aylward said the far-higher caseload is believed to come from cities.<br /> <br /> "It's really just some urban areas that have outstripped the reporting capacity," he said.
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