The mortality rate from Ebola fever rises to 70%. It was stated by the WHO representative Bruce Aylward. Earlier, the organization reported about 50% death rate. He said the UN agency for health has focused on how to isolate infected patients and to provide assistance as quickly as possible, despite the poor health system in West Africa.
Meanwhile, 56-year-old employee of the United Nations died from Ebola in Germany.
"A patient who was admitted to St. George Hospital in Leipzig, Germany, died from a severe form of the hemorrhagic disease on Monday. There were taken all necessary measures to protect the medical personnel and environment," said the chief doctor of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine of St. George Clinic in Leipzig Bernhard Ruf.
The doctor, who caught the disease while working in Liberia, came to Germany last week and became the third patient with Ebola in the country.
According to the Der Spiegel newspaper, another person is treated in Frankfurt, and another one was discharged from the Hamburg hospital after weeks of treatment.
The case of Ebola in Poland not confirmed
In Lodz, Poland, 31-year-old man with suspected Ebola was hospitalized. He returned from Germany, where he was working with patients from Guinea. He was isolated and his blood sample was tested. However, the suspicion was not confirmed.
In Spain, 14 people are currently under the supervision of physicians. One of them, a nurse, is believed to have caught the Ebola virus outside Africa. Now she is in "serious but stable" condition.
This week, the United States conducted a test that confirmed Ebola infection of the employee of the hospital where a patient who returned from Liberia died from the virus last week. According to the Texas Department of Health, the health care worker has been isolated for testing in Dallas on October 10. It is planned another test that will be conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The Head of the Center Thomas Frieden says that "at some point security protocol was violated".
"Such a breach could cause infection," said Frieden.
West Africa remains disease"s epicenter
In the United States, this hospital employee"s infection is not the first case when a person who did not visit West Africa caught the disease.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of people who died from the outbreak of Ebola is 4000. West Africa is the epicenter of the fever. 2316 people died from Ebola in Liberia, 930 – in Sierra Leone, 778 – in Guinea, 8 – in Nigeria and one person – in the United States. Also recorded one case of the disease in Spain and one in Senegal. In Congo, 43 people died from the Ebola outbreak.
Last week, Britain and the United States announced the introduction of extended control over people who come from countries where Ebola outbreak is recorded. Due to Ebola virus spread, France can establish control in the airports.