Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Hospital community’s Zumba dance evening to support anti-Ebola efforts

Dora Goodwill, Carla Boyle (Director, Perinatal Services), Teresa Damito and Malou Torralba.
Dora Goodwill, Carla Boyle (Director, Perinatal Services), Myrna Young (Philippine Nurses Association) and Teresa Damito.

New Brunswick, New Jersey.- Members of the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Hospital community are rallying to support efforts in combating the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Spearheaded by members of the Perinatal Services at the hospital in collaboration with the Filipino-American Nurses Association at the hospital, on Thursday evening of September 25th there will be a Zumba dance evening featuring line dancing and ballroom dancing from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at the hospital.

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Ebola cases doubling every three weeks now

The number of Ebola cases is increasing much more rapidly than the World Health Organization (WHO) had projected, especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, collectively the West African epicenter of the outbreak. Villagers are complicating containment efforts with police reporting health-care workers in Sierra Leone coming under attack while trying to bury victims.

    • Total Case Count: 5347
    • Total Deaths: 2630
    • CDC and World Health Organization updates (Sept. 18, 2014)

    United Nations officials say now that the outbreak has moved from rural to urban areas, the number of cases is doubling in about three weeks. Ebola is spread person-to-person through bodily fluids.

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Economic slowdown expected for Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia

World Bank analysts estimate that if the disease is not contained shortly, problems with food shortages, panic buying and speculation will continue to wrack the already-fragile economies of the affected countries.

A man sells buckets used for washing hands on a street in downtown Monrovia, September 18, 2014. The World Bank has predicted that the Ebola outbreak will cost Liberia $228 million if it is not handled soon. Reuters/ James Giahyue
A man sells buckets used for washing hands on a street in downtown Monrovia, September 18, 2014. The World Bank has predicted that the Ebola outbreak will cost Liberia $228 million if it is not handled soon. Reuters/ James Giahyue

Local governments, foreign states and international organizations have already spent millions of dollars and will require billions to contain the largest Ebola outbreak in history. But these numbers are small in comparison to the economic slowdown expected for Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia as commerce grinds to a halt while increasing uneasiness begins to affect the markets.

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Ebola: Economic Impact Already Serious; Could Be “Catastrophic”

Sep 17, 2014: http://www.worldbank.org/ – A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic released today finds that, beyond the terrible toll in human suffering, the continuing surge in the deadly virus in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone –could deal a potentially catastrophic economic blow to the already fragile states.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says that the largest economic effects of the crisis are not as a result of the direct costs (mortality, morbidity, caregiving, and the associated losses to working days) but rather those resulting from aversion behavior driven by fear of contagion.

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UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola virus; U.S. pledges 3,000 troops

UN_calls_for_$1bn-BBCMore than $1bn (£618m) is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak – a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN’s Ebola co-ordinator David Nabarro has announced.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the health crisis as “unparalleled in modern times”.  According to the WHO, the Ebola epidemic has killed 2,461 people this year, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus.

“We requested about $100m a month ago and now it is $1bn, so our ask has gone up 10 times in a month,” Mr Nabarro told a briefing in Geneva.

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