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"We get that because 5,000 is the midpoint of our modelling scenarios and if we allow for under-reporting [by a factor of two] then that's 10,000," said Dr Christopher Dye, the director of strategy in the office of the director general at the WHO.
"But the real emergency is in West Africa, and the teams out there need all the support we can give them - I am now looking forward to getting back out there and doing all I can to prevent as many unnecessary deaths as possible."
The incident occurred around 19:30 when a Ford Fiesta struck a 74-year-old woman when the vehicle moved away from the traffic lights. A green BMW was also present at the scene, however the driver has not yet given a statement to police. The pedestrian sustained several injuries and was taken the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by the Scottish Ambulance Service. She is currently in a critical condition.
Dr Guy Leschziner, a consultant neurologist at Guy's Hospital in London, says KLS is devastating for young people as they are already at a particularly vulnerable stage in their lives when they first display symptoms.