The United Nations warned Tuesday that the world has less than 60 days to stem the deadly Ebola epidemic —
70 percent of all burials need to occur without contamination by that date, he said. “We need to do that within 60 days from Oct. 1. If we reach these targets, we can turn this epidemic around,” he said.
“If we fail at any of these, we fail entirely. With each passing day as more people are infected, the number of people infected grows exponentially.
“We either stop Ebola now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan.”
Earlier Tuesday, the World Health Organization said the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa was far deadlier than previously thought.
WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward said the disease — which has killed more than 4,000 people — now has a mortality rate of 70 percent, up from an initial *estimate of about 50 percent.
Aylward also warned that Ebola would start spreading to about 10,000 people a week by early December *unless the disease is stopped.
“The virus is still moving geographically and still escalating in capitals, and that’s what concerns me,” Aylward told reporters in *Geneva.