Ebola epidemic to get worse: health official

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UNDATED:  In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. As the Ebola virus continues to spread across parts of Africa, a second doctor infected with the disease has arrived in the U.S. for treatment.  (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)London: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will get worse before it gets better, said a top public health official, the BBC reported Thursday.

Tom Frieden, director of the US-based Centres for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

Health ministers from the Economic Community of West African States will meet in Ghana’s capital Accra Thursday to discuss the region’s response to the crisis.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the outbreak has already killed 1,427 people.

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The WHO has said that it is the largest ever Ebola epidemic and has infected an estimated 2,615 people.

Liberia has been hardest-hit of the affected countries, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of this year.

The virus is not airborne and is spread when humans come into contact with bodily fluids such as sweat and blood of those infected with virus.

Till date, there is no vaccine or cure for the Ebola virus outbreak, the BBC said.