(BRUSSELS) — Red Cross officials helping to lead the fight against Ebola in West Africa say the virus is spreading, and they’re having trouble recruiting health care workers to combat it.
Antoine Petitbon of the French Red Cross said Monday that it’s easier for him to recruit people to go to Iraq, despite the security hazards there. He said the French Red Cross is facing a problem it’s never had before: Sixty percent of people who sign up to work in the Ebola zone back out later due to pressure from families and friends.
Meanwhile, Birte Hald of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies told reporters in Brussels that the virus “is flaring up in new villages, in new locations.”
She said: “It is absolutely premature to start being optimistic.”