Ebola Statistics: As of December 9, 2014, Total of 6346 Deaths, 17834 Cases, and 11214 Lab-Confirmed Cases

2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak

As of December 6, 2014 updated December 9th., there have been a total of 6346 Ebola deaths, and a total of 17834 cases, with a total of 11214 of those being lab-confirmed. Sierra Leone has been hit extremely hard since last update, with their 10th. Ebola doctor Dr. Aiah Solomon Konoyeima dying, and protest by medical professionals over lack of proper equipment.

“We have decided to withhold our services until a proper and more conducive atmosphere is created for us to continue our work,” the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) said. – The Guardian

In a new announcement today, TIME magazine has chosen Ebola caregivers as The Person of the Year, and they rightfully deserve it for the hard work both mentally, and physically they are doing to care for Ebola patients.

“This was a test of the world’s ability to respond to potential pandemics, and it did not go well. It exposed corruption in African governments along with complacency in Western capitals and jealousy among competing bureaucrats.”TIME


An Ebola doctor opens up about struggles he faced while in West Africa treating Ebola patients. Dr. Ian Crozier, who caught Ebola and, and later recovered fully after aggressive treatment at Emory hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

“Now, for the first time, he is speaking out. His reason he said, is to thank Emory for the extraordinary care he received, and to draw attention to the continuing epidemic….”Doctors say his recovery has taught them that aggressive treatments, even life-support measures like ventilators and dialysis, can save some Ebola patients.” – NY Times

Another issue facing regions with massive active Ebola epidemics are anger, stigmatization, hunger, and debt from burial cost, this week the Associated Press did an in-depth report out of Guinea, on the struggle facing patients, and families of Ebola patients.

“Before the Ebola outbreak, village treasurer Facine Ouamouno said, everyone contributed to the village coffers to give them a cushion in case of an emergency. But borrowing to pay for all the burials in Meliandou has emptied the communal chest that once held 8 million francs ($1,100).

“This was a catastrophe,” he said. “Now we have nothing.”

Worse than nothing — some of those indebted to the village fund have themselves died of Ebola.

In a tragic irony, the burials that bankrupted the village only helped to spread the disease. When people died, their bodies were washed by relatives, in line with tradition. They found out too late that this is one way to pass on Ebola, which can be caught only by direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person.” – AP

West Africa Ebola Outbreak Map, As of December 9, 2014.

West Africa Ebola Outbreak Map, As of December 9, 2014.

In Sierra Leone, another issue has been poor planning, and corruption, also a growing discontent in the local papers with the alleged behavior of British soldiers verses that of American soldiers, reports NY Times. There also exist in the region a lack of enough medical workers and supplies to help, and test are taking too long to come back.

“The facility opened recently with a skeleton crew. Now, in an especially hard-hit area where people are dying every day because they cannot get into an Ebola clinic, 60 of the 80 beds at the Kerry Town Ebola clinic are not being used.” – NY Times

U.S. Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, is pushing congress to authorize $6.18B in emergency funding, to help the Ebola fight in West Africa. This proposed funding, would also help by creating a reserve should the outbreak reoccur.

“Klain called on lawmakers to pass an emergency spending request put forth by President Obama that would authorize $6.18 billion for domestic readiness as well as efforts on the ground in West Africa. Of that amount, $1.54 billion would be used as reserve funding in case of a resurgence of the disease or a worsening outbreak in the United States.”  LA Times

In the Ebola medical research a booster vaccine is in clinical trials in Oxford UK.

“Thirty healthy volunteers in Britain who have already received the experimental Ebola vaccine being developed by GSK and the U.S. National Institutes of Health will get the booster shot, researchers said.”…..”Drug companies and scientists are racing to develop an effective vaccine to help fight the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, which has killed some 6,000 people in West Africa, and they are collaborating to try and find the best approach.”  – Reuters

Overall, what we have found out this week is that Sierra Leone is in dire need of proper equipment, proper pay, and in need of more medical personal and volunteers, and families need help with burial cost to help relieve debt, which would help alleviate their growing stress levels. Also, experimental vaccine research is underway, and progressing nicely. We can only hope that this outbreak is brought under control soon. It will take a worldwide effort of support, work, caring, and increased funding.

– Cynthia Kelly

Countries with Ebola patients: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Italy.

Ebola Cases

As of December 6, 2014
(Updated December 9, 2014)

Total Cases: 17834
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 11214
Total Deaths: 6346

*Case counts updated in conjunction with the World Health Organization updates and are based on information reported by the Ministries of Health.

Countries with Widespread Transmission

Country Total Cases Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Total Deaths
Guinea 2283 2035 1412
Liberia 7719 2830 3177
Sierra Leone 7798 6317 1742
Total 17800 11182 6331

Countries with an Initial Case or Cases and/or Localized Transmission

Country Total Cases Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Total Deaths
United States 4 4 1
Mali 8 7 6
Total 12 11 7

Previously Affected Countries

Country Total Cases Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Total Deaths
Nigeria* 20 19 8
Senegal* 1 1 0
Spain* 1 1 0
Total 22 21 8

*The outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Senegal, Nigeria, and Spain were declared over on October 17, October 19, and December 2, 2014, respectively. A national EVD outbreak is considered to be over when 42 days (double the 21-day incubation period of the Ebola virus) has elapsed since the last patient in isolation became laboratory negative for EVD.

Source: CDC


The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases are considered to be contained, with no further spread in these countries.

Two imported cases, including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States. 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.

Source: CDC

Outbreak Update:
  • On December 2, WHO officially declared the Ebola outbreak in Spain over. On October 6, the first human-to-human transmission outside Africa was confirmed by the Spanish National Reference Laboratory. The healthcare worker was considered free of Ebola as of October 21 and in the 42-day period since, there have been no additional Ebola cases in Spain.
  • According to a WHO Situation Report[PDF – 14 pages] released on November 26, 2014, transmission of Ebola remains intense in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Case incidence is still increasing in Sierra Leone.
  • A total of 8 confirmed and probable cases, including 6 deaths, have now been reported in Mali. The most recent cases are not related to the country’s first Ebola case who died on October 24. All identified contacts connected to the initial case have completed 21 day follow-up.

Source: CDC

What’s New:

Read more about What’s New on CDC website.

Useful Links:

  1. Information Resources on Ebola – WHO
  2. WHO Ebola News
  3. CDC Ebola Information Page
  4. CDC West Africa Latest Ebola Outbreak Updates
  5. CDC Congo Latest Ebola Outbreak Updates
  6. CDC Travel Notices

Read my previous post:

  1. July 10, 2014, 635+ Deaths From Ebola
  2. August 4, 2014, 932 Deaths From Ebola
  3. August 22, 2014, 1350 Deaths From Ebola
  4. August 31, 2014, 1850 Deaths From Ebola
  5. September 14, 2914,  2630 Deaths From Ebola
  6. September 29, 2014, 3091 Deaths From Ebola
  7. October 2, 2014, 3330 Deaths from Ebola
  8. October 3, 2014, 3431 Deaths from Ebola
  9. October 8, 2014, 3865 Deaths from Ebola
  10. October 15, 2014, 4490 Deaths from Ebola
  11. October 24, 2014, 4492 Deaths from Ebola, 10141 cases
  12. November 7, 2014, 4960 Deaths from Ebola, 13268 cases
  13. November 24, 2014, 5459 Deaths from Ebola, 15351 cases
  14. December 9, 2014, 6346 Deaths from Ebola, 17834 cases

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