The international community has just four weeks to stop the Ebola crisis ‘spiralling completely out of control’, organisations working in West Africa have today warned.
At an international summit convened to tackle the epidemic the International Rescue Committee (IRC), on behalf of 34 NGOs, called for a six-point plan to combat ‘infection rates that are growing exponentially’.
The number of cases is ‘doubling roughly every three weeks’, the organisations warned, as the World Health Organisation this week revealed the death toll has surpassed 3,000 in West Africa.
It comes as Save the Children warned five people are infected with the virus every hour.
And today the UN’s Ebola response chief warned the longer the epidemic continues infecting people unabated, the higher the chances it will mutate and become airborne.
Anthony Banbury, the Secretary General’s Special Representative, has said there is a ‘nightmare’ prospect the deadly disease will become airborne if it continues infecting new hosts.
His comments come as organisations battling the crisis in West Africa warn that the international community has just four weeks to stop it before it spirals ‘completely out of control’
Mr Banbury told the Telegraph that aid workers were fighting a race against time amid fears it will begin to mutate.