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Ebola Could Become 'Disaster of Our Generation,' Aid Agency Says

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"in the eye of a storm"

A burial team in protective gear bury the body of woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014. The death toll from Ebola will rise this week to more than 4,500 people from the 9,000 infected and the outbreak is still out of control in three West African nations, a top official with the U.N. health agency said (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh) AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh

Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation," a European aid agency said Saturday.

Oxfam operates in two of the hardest-hit countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone -- and has pleaded for more troops, health workers, and funding to deal with the epidemic in west Africa, according to Agence France-Presse.

A burial team in protective gear bury the body of woman suspected to have died from the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014. (Image source: AP/Abbas Dulleh)

Oxfam's Chief Executive Mark Goldring warned that the world was "in the eye of a storm," AFP reported.

"We cannot allow Ebola to immobilise us in fear, but... countries that have failed to commit troops, doctors and enough funding are in danger of costing lives," Goldring told the news outlet.

While this worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has killed more than 4,500 people — primarily in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — cases also have been appearing in Europe and the United States.

"The Ebola crisis could become the definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation," a spokesperson for the British-based charity told AFP.

U.S. President Barack Obama stated on Saturday his reluctance to begin an Ebola-related travel ban, noting that such a ban could make the crisis worse as people from infected regions work to avoid screenings.

Meanwhile the World Health Organization said Saturday it wouldn’t explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press that said the agency fumbled early attempts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

This story has been updated.

(H/T: Drudge Report)

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