However this outbreak is more than an African problem. There is worldwide concern for this infectious disease. So far, no cases have yet been reported beyond the four African nations. The FluTrackers crew (www.FluTrackers.com) has been reporting and tracking suspected Ebola cases from media reports around the world since the outbreak began. To date, at least 36 countries (as highlighted in yellow on the map below) have had suspected cases of Ebola. Unless this outbreak is controlled in Africa, it is a certain to spread to other parts the world. It will only be a matter of time before one of the suspected cases becomes a confirmed case outside of Africa.
In a meeting in early August with the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Margaret Chan, the Director-General of WHO, stated “this meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.” (link) That didn’t happen. It is now time for Chan and the rest of the international community to provide the much-needed assistance for these countries to combat Ebola locally before it truly becomes an international problem.