World Health Organization Warns Ebola Could Infect Over 20,000 People

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 11:  A doctor for tropical medicine prepares a blood sample for analysis during a demonstration for the media of ebola treatment capabilities at Station 59 at Charite hospital on August 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling ebola cases. According to media reports a German medical student currently in Ruanda is showing signs of the disease, though should he in fact have ebola it is so far unclear whether he would be flown to Germany for treatment. The disease has so far claimed over 1,000 lives in western Africa in recent weeks.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A new report released by the World Health Organization warns that the Ebola virus could eventually infect more than 20,000 people before its spread can be effectively curbed. The organization reported that the outbreak of the deadly virus "continues to accelerate" across many African nations.

Writes the New York Times:

According to the latest figures released by the W.H.O. on Thursday, the death toll has risen by more than 100, to 1,552 out of 3,069 cases in four West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, which had previously indicated that its outbreak was under control.

The organization also warned that transmission rates could be up to two to four times worse than current reports estimate.

WHO has also devised a road map to stop Ebola transmission, and it's estimated to cost half a billion dollars over the next six months.