A top U.S. health official says the United States must “do a better job of controlling the virus” and is urging the public to be “more vigilant” about their health.
“I think that the virus is very complex, and the people who have the virus have the potential to have very serious outcomes,” Anthony Fauci, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a televised interview Tuesday.
The U.N. health agency says an estimated 4.5 million people worldwide have been infected with the virus.
Faucic said the virus has killed more than 6,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
In Sierra Leone where more than 1.3 million people have been killed, Fauczis remarks came as Sierra Leone’s health minister said some 1,000 of the country’s hospitals have reopened.
Fausic said that a further 2,000 hospital beds were being opened by Wednesday.
Fauci said the United Nations has sent a team to Sierra Leone to help with coordination among countries and the international community to “better coordinate the efforts to contain the spread of the virus and to prevent the spread and spread of any other kind of infectious disease.”
He said the U.K. and the European Union are coordinating to try to coordinate efforts in Sierra Lanka, where the disease has spread to parts of the northern and eastern parts of South Africa and Mozambique.
More:Faucis comments came days after the United Kingdom announced a $50 million fund to help fight Ebola in West and Central Africa.
The U.KS. government has also set up an Ebola response team in Liberia.
A U.L.K.’s spokesman said Wednesday that it was “committed to helping all countries in Africa and the world that are impacted by this pandemic to strengthen their response to protect themselves against the virus.”