Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are experiencing the most lethal Ebola outbreak on record. This is the first large scale outbreak of the virus in the region and communities are struggling to contain the epidemic.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Ebola virus is highly contagious, has no known treatment or cure, and is fatal within days or weeks in most cases. Since early this year, an outbreak of the most lethal strain of the Ebola virus has spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. As of the end of September, the outbreak has resulted in more than 13,600 reported cases of the disease and almost 4,900 deaths, making it the most deadly Ebola epidemic in history.