Ebola 'Out of Control' in West Africa

A recent surge in cases has seen more than 700 dead in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
1:58 | 08/02/14

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up and head over to the hot zone, west Africa, the epicenter of what is believed to be the world's worst ebola outbreak. There is widespread fear. Soldiers as you can see out on the street and entire areas being sealed off entirely and ABC's bazi kanani is covering that angle from our Washington bureau this morning. Bazi, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. I spoke with a government official in Liberia who called the situation there dire. And the world health organization warns that if this outbreak is not contained soon, the outcome could be catastrophic. Soldiers on the street to prevent panic. Disinfectants sprayed in public places and schools closed. I hereby proclaim a state of public emergency. Reporter: A drastic response this morning to the ebola outbreak in west Africa called out of control by aid agencies. Overall more than 700 dead in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and after a recent surge in cases, doctors without borders says they are overwhelmed. Look people in the eye, you can see they are scared. It's horrible. Reporter: That fear part of the problem in rural areas where many sick people are refusing to undergo isolation further spreading the disease and health care workers in that strange-looking protective gear have been assaulted by grieving angry villagers. The presidents of the affected countries at an emergency meeting Friday to strategize agreed to send troops to enforce quarantines. Meanwhile, peace corps volunteers rushed to airports to return home pulled out of the region for their safety. While others are going in, the CDC sending another 50 disease specialists to the outbreak zone. There are so few medical doctors in the region, the red cross is actually reaching out to traditional healers, witch doctors informing them about ebola and then asking them to share that vital information with the public. The world health organization is now launching a $100 million response.

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