The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever seen and the virus is raging â€˜â€˜totally out of control,â€™â€™ an official with Doctors Without Borders said Friday. The virus, which causes a particularly nasty form of hemorrhagic fever, has killed 337 people out of 528 infected, the World Health Organization says â€” making it by far the biggest and deadliest outbreak of Ebola since it was first identified in 1976.
â€˜â€˜The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave,â€™â€™ Bart Janssens, operations director for Doctors Without Borders in Brussels, told the AP. â€˜â€˜And, for me, it is totally out of control.â€™â€™
The virus has been spreading since spring in three West African countries with fluid borders â€” Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The biggest outbreak affected 425 people in Uganda in 2000, killing 224 of them. Thereâ€™s no good treatment and no cure for Ebola, which is highly transmissible.