Ebola specialist Dr. Peter Piot interview – BlogGuinée

Dr. Peter Piot says that Ebola is no longer an epidemic “it’s a humanitarian crisis that may not be over until we find a vaccine”, says scientist who discovered the virus
Professor Peter Piot said “in theory Ebola is very easy to control”
But he said this outbreak has got “completely out of hand”
He was a part of the team who discovered the virus in Zaire in 1976
WHO figures show Ebola has killed almost 4,000 people, infecting more than 8,000 since the start of this outbreak in December 2013
Professor Piot said international response has been woeful but is being brought up to speed thanks to the US and UK
He said the rest of Europe’s response has been “abysmal”
Warned it might not be over until a vaccine has is developed
He is optimistic the results from the first trials will be ready by Christmas.

The humanitarian crisis wrought by the deadly Ebola virus raging through West Africa will not be over until a vaccine is developed, the scientist who discovered the virus has warned.

The disease has killed nearly 4,000 people, infecting in excess of 8,000 – the majority in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Communities lie in ruins, thousands of children have been orphaned, millions face starvation but the virus continues its unprecedented pace, invading and destroying vast swathes of these countries.

And it will continue to do so if drastic action is not taken on the front line.

The international response is finally coming up to speed with the UK and US leading the way, with the ‘abysmal reaction by the rest of Europe’, prompting calls that more can be done.

While the virus continues to ravage West Africa it will continue to pose a risk to countries across the world.

Lizzie Parry 

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