The CDC reported 1848 deaths as of August 31, 2014, with 2106 confirmed cases, and a 3707 confirmed case count. Reports are that the Ebola virus is spreading faster than health officials can keep up with it, this is largely due to misinformation in the region, and some of the public being afraid of workers. However, some of those who are treated by the workers have made full recoveries, though it is a per person basis. It should be noted that the Ebola virus is only spread through bodily fluids, such as blood, urine, feces, spit, etc.
Countries effected in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Senegal.
Countries with patients outside of West Africa: United States, Italy, and U.K.
A total of four patients who were serving as missionaries were flown to the U.S. from West Africa, after catching Ebola, two have made a full recovery and been released, while two others are currently being treated in Atlanta, Georgia and Omaha, Nebraska. The CDC reports that those brought in pose no threat to the public.
Ebola Virus – Total Cases
As of: August 31, 2014
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 3707
- Suspected Case Deaths: 1848
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 2106
Cases by Country
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 771
- Suspected Case Deaths: 494
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 579
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 1698
- Suspected Case Deaths: 871
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 403
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 21
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Deaths: 7
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 16
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 1
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Deaths: 0
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 1216
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Deaths: 476
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1107
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. The current outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa (see Affected Areas table). The outbreak does not pose a significant risk to the United States. A small number of cases in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, have been associated with a man from Liberia who traveled to Lagos and died from Ebola, but the virus does not appear to have been widely spread in Nigeria. The case in Senegal is related to a man who traveled there from Guinea.
CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and will continue to send experts to the affected countries.
- No confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in the United States.
- In Senegal, one case has been confirmed. No deaths or further suspected cases have been reported. The case is in a man from Guinea who traveled to Senegal.
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported cases of Ebola. These cases are not related to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. For information on the outbreak in DRC, see the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in DRC page.
- HHS has contracted with Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. to develop and manufacture ZMapp. Mapp Biopharmaceutical will manufacture a small amount of the drug for early stage clinical safety studies and nonclinical studies.
- NIH will begin initial human testing of an investigational vaccine to prevent EVD in early September and is working with a company to develop an antiviral drug to treat Ebola.
- U.S. Department of Defense has funded two companies that are developing drug therapies for Ebola and is working with another company to develop an Ebola vaccine.
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
- EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
- EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
- The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
- Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.
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Symptoms of Ebola typically include
- Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus, although 8-10 days is most common.
Some who become sick with Ebola are able to recover. We do not yet fully understand why. However, patients who die usually have not developed a significant immune response to the virus at the time of death.
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- CDC Reports
- WHO GAR Reports
- Ebola Wikipedia Page
- International SOS Updates
- Signs and Symptoms of Ebola
- Ebola Questions and Answers