In Liberia, Everyone Says Ebola Cases Are Dropping, reports BuzzFeed News

In Liberia, Everyone Says Ebola Cases Are Dropping, reports BuzzFeed News

October 28, 2014
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Jina Moore reports for BuzzFeed News from Monrovia.

MONROVIA — Virtually everyone in Liberia agrees on a new, stunning fact: Ebola cases in Liberia are dropping.

“New case numbers are going down. Admissions into ETUs [Ebola treatment units] are going down…. The amount of bodies being picked up is going down,” says James Dorbor Jallah, the deputy incident manager at the National Ebola Command Center in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.”

And:

“But some of Liberia’s top Ebola responders say they are more worried about overestimation.

“The estimates we are getting are totally wrong,” said Jallah, at the National Ebola Command Center, “Not ‘probably’ higher — they are definitely higher than the actual numbers.”

In particular, Jallah objected to projections by the CDC and the WHO. Last month, the CDC projected that, with no intervention, 1.4 million cases could be seen by mid-January. And last week, Dr. Bruce Alyward, the assistant director-general of the WHO last week said he expects to see between 5,000 and 10,000 cases a week in the region by mid-December.

“For the WHO, we understand, they want to raise money,” Jallah said. “But it’s good to raise money while clarifying the facts. Sometimes they themselves make this statement without laying the emphasis on ‘if nothing happens.’”

The WHO refused repeated requests for comment.”

Read more at:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jinamoore/ebola-cases-in-liberia-are-dropping

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