Liberian official: country is at war with Ebola

Finance Minister Amara Konneh told a news conference Thursday the country is at "war with an enemy we don't see."

By: Associated Press | Monrovia | Published: September 11, 2014 8:10 pm
Health workers carry load the body of a woman that they suspect died from the Ebola virus, onto a truck in front of a makeshift shop in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia. (Source: AP) Health workers carry load the body of a woman that they suspect died from the Ebola virus, onto a truck in front of a makeshift shop in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia. (Source: AP)

Liberian officials are saying their country is at war with Ebola, and so many people are infected that the capital alone will need at least 1,000 beds in isolation units.

That squares with a World Health Organization estimate from earlier this week. The agency says the county where Monrovia is located has only 240 beds, with 260 more on the way — only half of what’s needed.

Finance Minister Amara Konneh told a news conference Thursday the country is at “war with an enemy we don’t see.” Another official said Monrovia needs hundreds of more beds.

Liberia has been hardest hit by the disease, which has also touched Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. More than 2,200 deaths have been attributed to Ebola in the world’s largest outbreak.

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