WASHINGTON (AP) — Aid officials whose missionaries have contracted Ebola say entire families are dying in West Africa, and the disease is spreading.
The confirmed death toll in West Africa is around a thousand, but SIM missionary Dr. Frank Glover told a congressional hearing that "whole families are getting infected and dying." He added, "There is no way to count all the people dying of Ebola."
Samaritan's Purse Vice President Ken Isaacs said despite efforts to contain it, Ebola has probably already spread to Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, where there could be a massive outbreak within weeks.
They both cited cultural barriers to containing Ebola in some of the world's poorest nations.
Isaacs concluded, "I think we're going to see death tolls in numbers we can't imagine right now."