As of September 14, 2014, there have been 5347 Confirmed Cases of Ebola (EVD), and the number of deaths from Ebola (EVD) has risen to 2630, confirmed laboratory cases are at 3095, reports the CDC. Sierra Leone and Liberia have issued lockdowns to try to contain the spread of Ebola, the U.S. is sending 3000 troops to help maintain control, and Cuba has sent 145 team medical staff. There are more reports of medical teams in West Africa being attacked, and even killed by angry mobs who unfortunately do not believe that Ebola exist.
These brave medical teams should be thanked for their service to help West Africans in their time of need to help end this Ebola outbreak. Everyday, every week, every month the number of dying, and infected grows, and this must be stopped. Props to the medical teams, and soldiers helping out. Thank you.
– Cynthia Kelly
September 2014 statistics:
Total Deaths: 2630
Total Confirmed Cases: 5347
Total Lab Confirmed: 3095
Countries affected: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone.
Countries with lockdowns in place: Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
Region: West Africa
Latest from CDC.
*Case counts updated in conjunction with the World Health Organization updates and are based on information reported by the Ministries of Health.
As of September 14, 2014
(Updated September 18, 2014)
- Total Case Count: 5347
- Total Deaths: 2630
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 3095
Cases by Country
- Total Case Count: 942
- Total Deaths: 601
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 750
- Total Case Count: 2710
- Total Deaths: 1459
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 812
- Total Case Count: 21
- Total Case Deaths: 8
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 19
- Total Case Count: 1
- Total Case Deaths: 0
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1
- Total Case Count: 1673
- Total Case Deaths: 562
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1513
Also read the Ebola Facts PDF
Current CDC Ebola Map as of September 2014:
Previous CDC Maps which help illustrate the spread of Ebola in the region:
- No confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in the United States.
- New cases have been reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Nigeria and Senegal have not reported any new cases since September 5, 2014, and August 29, 2014, respectively.
- On August 29, 2014, Senegal’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs announced a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Senegal. 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.
- CDC returned a staff member from West Africa by charter flight after the employee had low-risk contact with an international health worker who recently tested positive for Ebola. This CDC staff member is not sick and does not show symptoms of Ebola. Friends, family, co-workers, and the public are not at risk of getting Ebola from this person.
- Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.
Because the natural reservoir host of Ebola viruses has not yet been identified, the manner in which the virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak is unknown. However, researchers believe that the first patient becomes infected through contact with an infected animal.
When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with
- blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
- objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
- infected animals
- Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.
Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids of sick patients.
During outbreaks of Ebola, the disease can spread quickly within healthcare settings (such as a clinic or hospital). Exposure to Ebola can occur in healthcare settings where hospital staff are not wearing appropriate protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves and eye protection.
Dedicated medical equipment (preferable disposable, when possible) should be used by healthcare personnel providing patient care. Proper cleaning and disposal of instruments, such as needles and syringes, is also important. If instruments are not disposable, they must be sterilized before being used again. Without adequate sterilization of the instruments, virus transmission can continue and amplify an outbreak.
Once someone recovers from Ebola, they can no longer spread the virus. However, Ebola virus has been found in semen for up to 3 months. People who recover from Ebola are advised to abstain from sex or use condoms for 3 months.