President Obama says West Africa’s Ebola epidemic threatens the entire world. Attempts at control have finally been stepped up, but they might be too little, too late. Experts say infections could rise from 5,000 today to 20,000 in coming months, with more exponential increases to come. Sierra Leone’s three-day lock-down of all its six million people is just one example of drastic measures that could make things not better—but worse. We’ll update the conditions on the ground and the challenges to come.
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Banner Image: Mbandaka-Equateur (DR Congo): The United Nations at the forefront in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus. UNICEF has provided hundreds of hand-wash tanks like the one being used here by the national Minister of Public Health, Dr. Félix Kabange Numbi. Photo MONUSCO/Dominique Wolombi.