Liberia opening 2nd Ebola centre

Monrovia - Authorities in Liberia are opening a new centre to treat Ebola patients after the existing one in the capital became overwhelmed with patients.

Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said the first centre was only meant to treat 25 people and now has about 80 patients.

The new center opening Saturday will have 120 beds but may eventually be tripled in size because of the ongoing crisis

Isolating Ebola patients is key to slowing the spread of the disease, as sick people can transmit it through their bodily fluids such as blood, sweat or urine.

The UN health agency has warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may last another six months.

It also says the current toll of 1 069 may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak."

- AP
John Greystoke 2014-08-16 07:17:00 PM
Many health workers involved with Ebola patients have also died. I wonder when health workers and helpers will pack up and run?
Zanele Nkosi299 2014-08-17 07:46:01 AM
Very sad situation indeed
Sam Scapes 2014-08-17 06:50:08 PM
My heart goes out to the people affected. This is one nasty virus. Also a big thumbs up to those who put their faith and lives on the line to care for those infected.