Epidemiology and surveillance
WHO continues to monitor the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend shows a mixed picture, as follows:
- Liberia reported 16 new EVD cases and Sierra Leone, 34 new cases – since 3 July. These numbers indicate that active viral transmission continues in the community.
- There has been a reduction in the number of new EVD cases reported in Guinea, with no new cases during the last 7 days.
WHO continues to encourage and support outbreak containment measures in the three countries.
Among the key priorities at this time are:
- mobilization of community, religious, and political leaders to improve awareness about and understanding of EVD;
- strengthening surveillance, case finding, and contact tracing;
- deploying additional human resources with relevant qualifications to key hot spots;
- identifying and committing additional domestic financial resources;
- organizing cross-border consultations to facilitate an ongoing exchange of information; and
- working together and sharing experiences with countries that have previously managed EVD outbreaks in the spirit of south-south cooperation.
Read more of WHO Report.
“An ongoing epidemic of the Ebola virus disease has spread throughout Guinea and beyond the nation’s borders in West Africa. At least 844 infections and 518 deaths have been reported. Various organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, European Commission, and Economic Community of West African States, have donated funds and mobilized personnel to help counter the outbreak, and Médecins Sans Frontières is also working in the area. This Ebola outbreak is the most severe in recorded history, both in the number of cases and dead. “ – Wikipedia Read more here.
“According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been more than 635 cases of Ebola across three countries in the region since the outbreak was first declared in southeastern Guinea in March. It has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. At least 399 people have died.” – USA Today
“The virus, one of the world’s most virulent, is transmitted by contact with the blood, fluids or tissues of infected animals or people. It causes high fever, vomiting, muscle pain and diarrhea, and can result in unstoppable internal bleeding and organ failure.
Transmission risk is especially high among doctors, nurses and other health care workers. There is no vaccine for it, nor any known cure..” – USA Today
Data below from CDC:
Guinea at a Glance
Liberia at a Glance
Sierra Leone at a Glance
Read my past and future post:
- July 10, 2014, 635+ Deaths From Ebola
- August 4, 2014, 932 Deaths From Ebola
- August 22, 2014, 1350 Deaths From Ebola
- August 31, 2014, 1850 Deaths From Ebola
- September 14, 2914, 2630 Deaths From Ebola