Ebola Crisis ‘Likely to Last a Year’

Ebola Crisis ‘Likely to Last a Year’Ebola Crisis ‘Likely to Last a Year’

West Africa’s Ebola crisis is likely to last until the end of 2015, says a leading researcher who helped to discover the virus.

Peter Piot, who has just returned from Sierra Leone, told the BBC that he was encouraged by progress there and by the promise of new anti-viral therapies. But he also warned that vaccines would take time to develop.

The current Ebola outbreak, the deadliest to date, has so far killed more than 7,500 people. Most of the victims have been in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Prof Piot was one of the scientists who discovered Ebola in 1976 and is now Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He said that even though the outbreak has peaked in Liberia and was likely to peak in Sierra Leone in the next few weeks, the epidemic could have a “very long tail and a bumpy tail”.

“The Ebola epidemic is still very much there. People are still dying, new cases are being detected.”

“We need to be ready for a long effort, a sustained effort [for] probably the rest of 2015.”