UN: Enough Ebola beds will be operating by Jan. 31

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 4:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Nations' Ebola chief says enough treatment facilities will be operating in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea by the end of January to ensure that the number of new cases starts dropping in the three worst-affected countries.

Dr. David Nabarro told the Council on Foreign Relations by videoconference from Geneva on Tuesday that there are going to be challenges to control the escalating outbreak in Sierra Leone, which has now recorded the highest number of cases, by Jan. 31.

Sierra Leone said last Friday that between 80 and 100 new cases of Ebola are being reported every day and the country desperately needs more than 1,000 beds to treat victims.

While infection rates in Liberia and Guinea are stabilizing, Nabarro said Ebola can "reinflame" unless it is wiped out completely.