Liberia opening 2nd Ebola center in capital

This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. The World Health Organization on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. (AP Photo/Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine)
This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. The World Health Organization on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. (AP Photo/Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine)

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) – Authorities in Liberia are opening a new center to treat Ebola patients after the existing one in the capital became overwhelmed with patients.

Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said the first center was only meant to treat 25 people and now has about 80 patients.

The new center opening Saturday will have 120 beds but may eventually be tripled in size because of the ongoing crisis

Isolating Ebola patients is key to slowing the spread of the disease, as sick people can transmit it through their bodily fluids such as blood, sweat or urine.

The U.N. health agency has warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may last another six months.

It also says the current toll of 1,069 may “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”

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