3,000+ Ebola Cases Confirmed in West Africa Across 4 Countries

The World Health Organization says there has been a 40 percent increase of cases in just three weeks.
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It is the worst known outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus and now for West Africa it's getting worse. More than 3000 confirmed cases across four countries now that's a 40% jump from just three weeks ago. The World Health Organization releasing this information today as officials from around the world begin to pool resources in an effort to keep the death -- now more than 15100 people from growing. But challenges ahead the WHO also warning today that more than 20000 people could still be afflicted. Hello I'm Michelle Franzen in New York worrying words today from the World Health Organization. As they -- released a road map for responding to the outbreak new -- senators community outreach and information programs. Safe for burial practices and better equipment for medical professionals. And now an experimental vaccine fast -- with human trials possible within the next two to three weeks. ABC news chief health and medical editor doctor Richard -- is traveling in the hard hit region. Here is a look at his visit to a treatments that are in the liberian capital Monrovia. Remember. I didn't do. I -- -- Did it didn't and distracted via good -- This is -- hospital one of only a handful of a bullet that exited virus -- -- Going to triage unit here at JFK hospital that's really trying to sort out whether patients coming in -- a -- or something else. The triage unit is a grim purgatory for sick patients that we here to find out -- -- positive for Ebola some will be moved into the isolation ward. Others who -- -- get doctors here have shockingly few resource -- summer forced to rely on makeshift contamination suits. So he's totally covered up for going into the -- word the final part is putting his foot on here. But they don't have puts that are ready made -- of making hoods and of -- protective equipment. The protective hoods that would keep -- safe must less than the dollar fifty but would demand soaring supplies are scarce and once doctors leave people award simple household bleach his -- place. This is where they are getting sprayed down after leaving the unit if it -- isn't done properly this is where they can get contaminated. But the JFK clinic is overcrowded and overwhelmed. Doctors -- turn away potentially infected people every day. Outside the a -- isolation unit of patients waiting these people thinking they have a -- they're here to be evaluated. As they wait for medical attention. They watch as ten bodies are removed from the -- -- award. This incredible -- she hedge fund Carter -- ten bodies of people who died from mobile and I can't imagine what someone is thinking -- who has arrived there for for treatment. No it's it's the gates of hell going into that treatment ward and knowing that the odds are you're -- come out in a body bag. And we are joined now live from Liberia. On the phone by ABC news chief health and medical letter doctor Richard -- doctor -- -- these new numbers and warnings out today. And after -- your report were you surprised as you were on the ground touring these facilities by the speed at which this virus is spreading. -- -- -- Outbreak has has caught all public health officials by surprise this isn't something that -- -- it normally does he intense. Be located in rural communities this the first time we achieved in urban setting like Monrovia. And it's taken off and now that -- here. Not surprised at how it is cities in but the fact that it's at this community and use its. Art that was helping to people did not anticipate. And of course that does the World Health Organization in their roadmap addressed the problems that you observed. In your visit to the treatment center there in Monrovia. You know I I think that they do it's a matter of implementation and they're they're reaching that he talked about need to happen. One -- changing the burial practices because that's one of the places where it is indeed -- spreading. The creamy embodies the ritual preparation for Cooper village is it -- and -- what a patient has edible. The other the other is in ensuring that doctors and other health care workers happy equipment to protect themselves. So they're not getting -- in the in those places where they're taking care patients it's about breaking as many as one importation of the -- or healthcare workers. And this country at this -- operate only have about fifty doctors to -- -- country everyone you lose into the precious resource. And then at thirty making sure that the quality of care in those in those treatment centers. It's got -- people wanna come in for treatment right now it is very grim the treatments ever went for a went to the moon was not providing. The kind of services that are gonna stabilized being -- to -- -- nutrition. Early treatment if you can improve the quality care people wanna comedians -- get out of the community and transmission will will decline. So they also need that information are you concerned at all that with no American sick right now that American and European -- sources will not send to Africa. At the rate that there needed. That's -- that's a big concern I think it's part of the reason that doctor comprehend that -- -- -- here. To bring some attention to that some some high level officials from the WHO -- year and it is one of the reasons that we need to keep talking about -- -- While it's it's. Pretty much limited to West Africa right now through three countries have a little bit of Nigeria. An outbreak here threatens the entire world not just because. People can travel so -- good -- this area it can spread throughout Africa from from -- countries and that the very destabilizing thing. An outbreak here does have great relevance to people in America. And of course you've been on the ground there you've been touring this facility how are you making sure. That you stay safe when you don't see the practices around you've been observed that could save lives it's. Well. I'm I mean infectious indeed epidemiologist. And between the lead detective from of -- that the CEC and the brother -- protective gear with this. And we've we've been very careful about that is something you have to think about all of the time. I just interviewed doctor -- got -- and survive the infection. And -- said that he had been very very here but he was working in a general emergency room. And in the end this country when you -- someone come in with fever it's usually malaria. But if one at a hundred -- one in 200 double that means that doctors can get it galaxy note that a bullet here they can't -- -- -- if they have the equipment. The systems are not that hard to follow it just takes a lot of practice and meticulous behavior. And real quickly let's talk about those potential drug trials -- this is something that was the same thing given to the American patients. Is it a vaccine and what hurdles are you hearing about before they can clear. What they NIH is talking about putting -- trial right now is the back seat and that's something to prevent the infection with applicable. -- would be very useful it's gonna take some time to know whether vaccine will work and it's not clear how relevant they'll be this outbreak is -- in the short term. The two that was given the legal team that -- that -- -- -- district patience for them survive. But it is we don't really know is that drug is effective so it would be wonderful in this setting to -- and drug constitute that at something. But the big thing that it has stabilized is being able to get people in for early treatment with fluid. Inadequate nutrition. ABC news chief health and medical editor doctor Richard -- are traveling in a -- -- stricken West Africa thank you for joining us. You can keep up with the story in real time by downloading in the ABC news -- and starring in this story for exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.

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