Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/22/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

More than 300 deaths in West African nations have been blamed on the frequently fatal virus

Ebola, the horrific disease that causes the body's internal organ to bleed and almost melt away has been described as "out of control" in West Africa. Doctors there are stretched past capacity. The latest outbreak has broken all previous records, with more than 300 people in three separate nations dying from the disease.

The current outbreak began in Guinea either late last year or early this year. The spread of the virus appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, including spreading to the Liberian capital for the first time.

The current outbreak began in Guinea either late last year or early this year. The spread of the virus appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, including spreading to the Liberian capital for the first time.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/22/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Ebola, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, outbreak

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the non-governmental organization, Doctors without Borders, more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have succumbed to the Ebola virus.

Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the group in Brussels, declared that international organizations along with the governments involved need to send in more health experts and increase public awareness about how to stop the spread of the disease.

Help fill in the gaps to end world hunger -- by going here --

"The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave," Janssens said. "And, for me, it is totally out of control."

The current outbreak began in Guinea either late last year or early this year. The spread of the virus appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, including spreading to the Liberian capital for the first time.

"This is the highest outbreak on record and has the highest number of deaths, so this is unprecedented so far," Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist with Doctors Without Borders said.

The previous highest Ebola death toll was in the first recorded Ebola outbreak in Congo in 1976, when 280 deaths were reported.

The Ebola virus usually strikes remote areas. The first cases sometimes go unrecognized, and it is likely that there are deaths that go uncounted, both in this outbreak and previous ones.

The multiple locations of the current outbreak and its movement across borders make it one of the "most challenging Ebola outbreaks ever," Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, said.

Even worse, the current outbreak shows no sign of abating and that governments and international organizations were "far from winning this battle," Unni Krishnan, head of disaster preparedness and response for Plan International, said.

Janssens warns that the governments affected had not recognized the gravity of the situation. He was openly critical of the World Health Organization for not doing enough to prod leaders and said that it needs to bring in more experts to do the vital work of tracing all of the people who have been in contact with the sick.

"There needs to be a real political commitment that this is a very big emergency," he said. "Otherwise, it will continue to spread, and for sure it will spread to more countries."

In response, Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberia's deputy minister of health, says that people in the highest levels of government are working to contain the outbreak.

But he noted that the disease is striking in one of the world's poorest regions, where public health systems are already fragile.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Africa

A special look into the inspirational meeting between Pope Francis and Kenya's poor Watch

Image of


During his tri-nation visit to Africa this week, Pope Francis made a stop at a slum in Nairobi and praised those he met for their love of and emphasis on community and relationships - over what he called a vacuous, "unbridled consumption" that often plagues the West. ... continue reading

Will Pope Francis make a powerful change in Kenya? Watch

Image of Pope Francis arrives in Kenya -and chooses to spent time with the poor instead of rich Kenyan leaders.


Pope Francis arrived in Nairobi, Kenya today and has already ruffled feathers by choosing to join a resident of a Nairobi slum for dinner, rather than accepting President Uhuru Kenyatta's dinner invitation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In an act worthy of his ... continue reading

'I had my hand on the door': Woman survives Mali hotel attack Watch

Image of Kathie Fazekas survived a terrorist attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali (ABC).


Following the Mali hotel attack that claimed the lives of 19 victims, Kathie Fazekas, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee, has stepped forward to reveal her terrifying experience with a gunman just outside her hotel door. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Pope Francis to visit Africa: 'How do you reconcile mercy and war?' Watch

Image of Pope Francis will be visiting Africa from November 25 through November 30.


Pope Francis is set to tour three African countries -Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic - November 25-30. Pope Francis is expected to address the secular lifestyle, competing Christian faiths and violence on the continent. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading

MORE THAN 20 DEAD - Terrorists holding over 100 guests, staff hostage at luxury Malian hotel Watch

Image of Armed gunmen, at last count eight men brandishing AK-47s, quizzed hotel guests about their knowledge of the Koran before they freed 80 people.


Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists have seized the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital city of the African nation of Mali. At least 20 people including, a Belgian worker, a French national and two Malian security guards are believed to have perished in the ... continue reading

The terrorist group MORE DEADLY than ISIS that you NEED to know about NOW! (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Watch

Image of Boko Haram is the deadliest militant group in the world (Getty Images).


Despite the recent Paris terror attacks and ISIS extremism in the Middle East and Africa, a new study released at the Institute of Economics and Peace at the University of Maryland found that the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is the deadliest group in the world. ... continue reading

Was Queen Nefertiti's hidden tomb finally found? Two secret chambers may have been discovered in King Tut's tomb Watch

Image of Dr. Nicholas Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance, uncovering the


It's very exciting news for the archaeological world. Researchers at King Tutankhamen's tomb say there are new indications of hidden chambers that may be concealed by walls. Infrared thermography used to measure the temperature of each of the walls of the tomb ... continue reading

Cairo, Moscow vehemently deny Islamic State's claim they downed Russian jet over the Sinai Watch

Image of Officials are going through the plane's wreckage to determine what led to the tragedy.


Confusion reigns over the air tragedy that sent a Russian airbus plunging over the Sinai in Egypt the weekend. Altogether, 192 adults, 25 children, and seven crewmembers, all 224 people onboard were killed. Islamic State has released a video allegedly showing ... continue reading

OH, THE HUMANITY: Horrific stories surface in South Sudan's two-year long civil war Watch

Image of The African Union report on South Sudan's war has found evidence of massive crimes against humanity. An African court has been recommended set up to prosecute those responsible.


All the evil men can inflict on one another is explicitly drawn in a new report by the African Union on South Sudan's civil war. Horror stories of innocent civilians beaten and forced to jump into fires, bodies drained of blood and people forced to drink blood ... continue reading

Egypt's Secrets: Mysteries behind Egypt's pyramids to be unraveled with futuristic technology Watch

Image of After years of looting and decay, these new methods will be decidedly


How the mighty pyramids of Egypt were built, has long mystified modern man. Futuristic technology, involving laser scans and 3-D imaging will be used shortly in order to find out how these structures were built - as well as possibly find the final resting place of ... continue reading

All Africa News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • BIGGER THAN ISIS - There's a hidden power behind ISIS and it's so big ...
  • St. Catherine Laboure: Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • 'Black Friday' leaving bruises as shoppers trample each other for ...
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • President likens Syrian refugees to pilgrims on Mayflower in ...

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 7:2-14
2 Daniel said, 'I have been seeing visions in the night. I saw that the ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81
75 Bless the Lord, mountains and hills, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:29-33
29 And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree and indeed every ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 27th, 2015 Image

St. James Intercisus
November 27: James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of ... Read More