There are fears the deadly Ebola virus could mutate if it is not brought under control soon.
Dr Thomas Kenyon, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the epidemic is now "spiralling out of control" and the window of opportunity for stopping it is closing.
He said: "Guinea did show that with action, they brought it partially under control but unfortunately it is back on the increase now. It's not under control anywhere."
"The longer the outbreak goes uncontained, the greater the possibility the virus could mutate."
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