FROM Makiko Kitamura
WHO Pleads for Help to Contain Ebola Outbreak The deadly Ebola virus continues to spread faster in West Africa than authorities can manage and the World Health Organization says stemming the outbreak will require hundreds more health workers. Its general director told reporters in Geneva today that the death toll is now more than 2,400 people. The epidemic is growing so fast in Liberia that patients are dying on the doorstep of hospitals. That country now has only 250 doctors to serve a population of 4,000,000. Makiko Kitamura covers health and science in Europe for Bloomberg News.
U.S. Ebola Patients Discharged: "Pose No Public Health Threat" Dr. Kent Brantly, the medical missionary who contracted Ebola in West Africa, was released today from the Infectious Disease Unit at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Bruce Ribner, Director of the Infectious Disease Unit, announced Brantly’s release with reassuring words about what he called “a rigorous course of treatment” and “testing." Makiko Kitamura is a health and science reporter for Bloomberg News. She joins us from London, and she’s worked with colleagues in the US, West Africa and Geneva, headquarters of the World Health Organization.
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