[ View the story "West Africa's Ebola epidemic " on Storify] West Africa's Ebola epidemic The Stream examines the struggle to control the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history.
The Stream· Mon, Jul 28 2014 18:41:27
Since March, roughly 60 per cent
with Ebola virus have died. Adding to the sense that the outbreak is far from ending, a senior Ebola doctor in Liberia
from the disease.
Countries are scrambling to prevent the spread of the virus. Nigeria was
after a Liberian man, became the first to succumb to the virus in the country. Liberia has
most of its border crossings and banned public gatherings. Ivory Coast has banned bushmeat - another carrier of the virus - and Ghana has
the public it is ready if an outbreak should occur.
The Ministry of Health says Ghana hospitals are ready to deal with the #Ebola disease. We need to be ready as GHANAIANS too. #HealthECHO MAGAZINE
Many people have gone online to express concerns and disease prevention using the hashtag
Say no to handshakes.. Smile and wave. #EbolaOutbreakBisi
Ladies and gentlemen, Ebola is in the building please always wear long sleeve shirts and long skirts or trousers. Dont let anybody touch youDifferent.
This latest outbreak is
to be the worst ever as the disease continues to spread in both urban and rural areas. In the beginning, governments were slow to
to the Ebola outbreak since they had never before seen it in West Africa. The symptoms of Ebola virus are easily confused with malaria.
The scariest thing about Ebola is not that there's no cure. It's that the symptoms are the same as typhoid and severe malariaOpen Letter
Health workers working in the region say they are short on medical and financial
to combat the virus.
MSF warns that it has reached the limit of what it can do to fight the deadly outbreak of #Ebola in West Africa
This #EbolaOutbreak is crossed boarder & the lack of medical staff and infrastructures is another huge issue! #SierraLeone #Liberia #GuineaStefano De Cupis
Medical workers are often met with
distrust and violence
, making it difficult to reach affected communities and know the true extent of the disease's reach.
spread that foreigners have come to harvest organs or punish political dissidents. It is easy for some people to believe this since infected relatives are quarantined and the deceased are often not seen again once they are brought to treatment facilities.
Health workers fighting in #Ebola in West Africa have been targeted and intimidated by citizens there. Why do you think this is?The Stream
@AJStream Maybe locals feel as they've come to spread it. This is mindset in certain communities. Tales from generations down? PossiblyMo Hassan
@AJStream in order to protect ourselves,we should learn to trust foreigners. But the problem is that,can they (the foreigners) be trusted?Abdullahi Idris
Containing Ebola has proven especially difficult because some people in West Africa
@AJStream This is a conspiracy and someone invested this infectious disease called Ebola Virus to Africa to get his/her hidden purposes.#Abdirahman Askari™®
People are treating Ebola like it doesn't exist. We need to be vigilantJo
@AJStream People denying #ebola exists due to ignorance of animal link risks; eg bats, lack of scientific info and dangerous superstitionsMervyn Carter
But the fact remains that
is real; it is spread through bodily fluids and there is no cure.
Other factors that are spreading the disease include: eating bushmeat and traditional burial practices that involve washing corpses.
Also #Ebola high risk groups: mourners who have direct contact w/ dead bodies as part of burial ceremonies; hunters in the rain forestWHO
"Bushmeat consumption may pose Ebola risk, World food body warns" for some tribes in my village- Ebola it is then...Audu Maikori
What's your opinion on how West African governments are handling the #Ebola outbreak? #Guinea #SierraLeone #LiberiaThe Stream
@AJStream As best they can. With healthcare workers also catching it and ignorance of people, seems like it will get worse.Alida Antonia
@AJStream Nigeria too. I think they're trying actually but awareness is more about being scared of the virus rather than the preventionPALESTINEovaIsraHELL
@AJStream People are panickingThePlayX3
@AJStream the information has come to people like a form of personal discretion rather than formal enlightenment. Everybody is afraid to die#Taurus
The Stream asked its online community what it thought might help halt the spread of the disease.
@AJStream the same conditions that enable the prevalence of the disease prevent proper treatment: poverty, illiteracy, ignoranceMary Ero
@AJStream ignorance and human nature. What is needed is #education and #empathy #WeAreAllHumansFinn Hartvig Nielsen
@AJStream I guess better asset based approaches from foreign aid so that local communities can champion good #publichealthMatt Tyrer
Some blamed the governments for slow responses:
@NiklaasDawson that's because the system is not a responsible one, they know nothing about accountability... too much self in this countryD Nigerian Presenter
@Cleancaleb it is so true but the gov in power is not willing to accept their failures towards health issues in the countriesNiklaas Dawson