Fukuda said basic needs aren't being met in the hardest hit countries, the newspaper reported. "Bodies are not being taken away quickly enough," he said. "People are hungry in these communities. They don't know how they are going to get food."
The WHO is preparing an emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday and Friday to discuss the crisis and needed responses.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said Ebola is primarily being spread in West Africa in two ways. The first way, among people caring for people with the disease, whether at home or in health-care settings and hospitals. The second way: unsafe burial practices.
Frieden said that since March the U.S. government has committed $20 million to combat the outbreak. In addition, the World Health Organization has asked for nations to commit $450 million to the fight, he said.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama lent the weight of the Oval Office to focus attention on the outbreak. He urged people in West Africa to "know the facts" on how to protect themselves from the disease.
In a video address on the White House website, Obama said to residents of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, "Stopping this disease won't be easy but we know how to do it."
For starters, he noted that the Ebola virus can't be spread through the air or through casual contact -- "like sitting next to someone on a bus" -- the way some infectious diseases like the flu can be spread. "And you cannot get it from another person until they show symptoms of the disease, like fever," he added.
Obama urged people caring for patients to wear gloves and masks, and to avoid touching the body of someone who has died of the disease. "You can respect your traditions and honor your loved ones without risking the lives of the living," he said.
He explained that the virus is most often spread by coming into contact with the body fluids -- "sweat, saliva or bloo
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