The number of new Ebola cases could rise to more than 6,800 by the end of the month if the affected countries do not enact new control measures, a new study has warned.
According to researchers at Arizona State University and Harvard University, the rate of rise in cases significantly increased in August in Liberia and Guinea, around the time that a mass quarantine was put in place, indicating that the mass quarantine efforts may have made the outbreak worse than it would have been otherwise.
AdvertisementSherry Towers, research professor for the ASU Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modelling Sciences Center said that there may be other reasons for the worsening of the outbreak spread, including the possibility that the virus has become more transmissible, but it's also possible that the quarantine control efforts actually made the outbreak spread more quickly by crowding people together in unsanitary conditions.
The study was published in the online journal PLoS Outbreaks.
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