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Since the first outbreak in 1976, Ebola viruses have infected roughly 2,400 people and killed about one-third of them. It's interesting to point out that in the past, there were years with no reported Ebola outbreaks (e.g., 1992 and 1993) -- which begs the question -- was it simply not reported or were there truly an absence of an outbreak?
It seems to me that this truly is an outbreak. Ebola spreads quickly and this chart was created using June 24th statistics. Since then, the number of cases of ebola have dramatically increased. Estimates say nearly 6000 cases in West Africa with 2800 of those being killed by the virus. With the CDC predicting anywhere from 500,000 to 1,400,000 cases being possible by the end of January in Liberia and Sierra Leone, I don't believe outbreaks like this could have been simply not reported.
Wow. Do you have a source link for those 500K and 1.4M estimates? Those are scary numbers.
I should have included that these are predictions for the worst case scenarios in those regions, including if aid efforts are not properly in place. The stats are being reported by the New York Times, ABC, FOX, CNN.