"A new disease that we do not know the name was reported in the prefecture of Macenta located 800 KM from Conakry, killing 8 people dead and several others contaminated learned Africaguinee.com."
Symptoms "manifested by anal and nasal bleeding."
Seems to resemble Lassa Fever.
"An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has killed at least 23 people in Guinea's southeastern forest region since February when the first case was reported, health authorities in the West African nation said on Wednesday."
Guinea: 35 suspected cases, 23 deaths
"Symptoms appear as diarrhoea and vomiting, with a very high fever. Some cases showed relatively heavy bleeding."
Most of the victims had been in contact with the deceased or had handled the bodies
Samples sent to Senegal and France for further tests
Guinea: 49 suspected cases, 29 deaths
French tests inconclusive so far
"However, we are narrowing it down to Ebola and Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever (MHF)," Sakoba Keita, a Guinea health ministry official, said.
"The first case of the outbreak in Guinea was reported on Feb. 9."
"Cases have been recorded in three southeastern towns and in the capital Conakry."
"An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever that has killed 29 people in Guinea may have spread across the border into neighboring Sierra Leone, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) document and a senior Sierra Leone health official."
Suspected Death: 14-year-old boy in the town of Buedu, eastern Kailahun District, Sierra Leone
Boy had travelled to Guinea to attend the funeral of one of the outbreak's earlier victims
"The Ebola virus has been identified as the source of an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in southern Guinea."
"Scientists in the French city of Lyon confirmed it was Ebola, the Guinean health ministry said."
Guinea: 49 suspected cases, 34 deaths
Guinea: 59 deaths
"Six of the 12 samples sent for analysis tested positive for Ebola, Dr. Sakoba Keita, who heads the epidemics prevention division at Guinea's health ministry, told Reuters."
"An Ebola epidemic which has already killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Sunday."
"The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in forested areas south eastern Guinea. As of 22 March 2014, a total of 49 cases including 29 deaths (case fatality ratio: 59%) had been reported. The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, Nzerekore and Kissidougou districts. In addition, three suspect cases including two deaths in Conakry are under investigation. Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated."
"There has been an outbreak of the deadly disease called Ebola in neighbouring Guinea-Conakry and experts say it’s likely to spread in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Guinea Bissau and Mali, five countries that share borders with Guinea-Conkary."
"Tests on suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus in Guinea's capital Conakry are negative, health officials say."
"Scientists tackling an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea believe they have identified the virus as the Zaire strain, the most lethal of all that 'raises the already high level of concern', according to France's Institut Pasteur."
Guinea: 87 suspected cases, 61 dead
. Five people are suspected to have died from the disease in Lofa county in northern Liberia, Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s chief medical officer, said at a briefing today
"Five patients have died in Liberia of suspected Ebola fever, the government said on Monday, as neighbouring Guinea battled an outbreak of the virus which has killed dozens."
“As of this morning six cases have been reported of which five have already died Ä four female adults and one male child. One of the suspected cases, a female child, is under treatment,” Health Minister Walter Gwenigale said in a statement
"A man who recently traveled to West Africa is seriously ill and being kept in isolation in a Canadian hospital with symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever resembling the Ebola virus, Saskatchewan health officials said."
"#Canada #Ebola suspect tests NEGATIVE for Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, CCHF, RVF @WHO @pahowho at Winnipeg BSL4 lab"
Liberia: 11 suspected cases, 5 deaths
Guinea: 61 deaths
"This is the first time Ebola has been recorded in Guinea."
"A man from Saskatchewan who showed symptoms similar to Ebola after traveling to Liberia tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organization said."
"Health officials are also investigating suspected cases in Sierra Leone."
"Karbo said one of the cases concerned a 14-year-old boy who is thought to have died two weeks ago in Guinea and then been taken back to his village on the Sierra Leonean side of the border. The second suspected case, in a patient who has not died, was in the northern border district of Kambia."
"An Irish Aid agency has confirmed that the deadly Ebola virus has spread from Guinea into the neighboring West African state of Liberia. The report released by Plan Ireland confirms two separate cases of Ebola infection in Liberia, fuelling claims that the outbreak is becoming a regional epidemic."
"Travel has been restricted in ‘high risk areas’ of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia alongside the implementation of a host of safety precautions. Those working or living in affected areas have been advised to travel only if on essential business, to regularly wash hands, and to avoid eating bush meat."
"Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said."
"Bats, a local delicacy, appeared to be the 'main agents' for the Ebola outbreak in the south, Rene Lamah said."
Guinea: 62 deaths
"At least two patients suspected to have contracted the Ebola virus were on Sunday, March 23 transferred from neighboring Guinea to Liberia, specifically in Nimba County."
Guinea: 86 suspected cases, 60 deaths
"The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou districts. As of 25 March 2014, a total of 86 suspected cases including 60 deaths (case fatality ratio: 69.7%) had been reported. Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated."
"On Tuesday during their separate regular sessions, the issue of the outbreak of the disease was discussed with consensus for collaborative efforts with the Executive Branch of government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in tackling the spread of the disease."
"In the letter, Representative Kaprkar requested plenary to mandate the health committee to work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to hasten the necessary preventive and remedial measures to protect Liberians against the deadly Ebola disease."
Guinea: 63 deaths
"Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say the death toll from a rare Ebola outbreak has risen to 63."
"The Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation said Wednesday that there is no 'confirmed' ebola case in Sierra Leone."
Guinea: 63 suspected cases
"Guinea said on Wednesday it had stopped an outbreak of deadly Ebola fever from spreading beyond the country's remote southeast, although the number of deaths from suspected infections rose to at least 63."
"'The epidemic is not spreading to other regions,' Guinean Health Minister Remy Lamah told Reuters by telephone from the affected area in Guinea's remote Forest region. 'Medical equipment has been shipped in,' he said. 'MSF is helping us to control the outbreak.'"
"Confirmed health authorities in Liberia say there have been no new suspected deaths from the deadly Ebola virus since the admission early this week of four (2 in Guinea, 1 in Foya and 1 in Zorzor) reported cases."
"'I can confirm to you that there has been no reported case of Ebola on admission in any of Liberia's hospitals. Samples from suspected persons have been provided to MSF in Guinea for preliminary examination. Further confirmation from the preliminary findings will be provided from Lyon, France,'"
"The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare would like to inform the public that the number of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever cases remains at six with four deaths as of March 26, 2014. The two cases and one death reported from Curran Ho spital in Zorzor yesterday did not meet the case definition of viral hemorrhagic fevers. Hence, this has reduced the cumulative number of suspected cases and deaths."
"Four cases of infection by the deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in Conakry, Guinea's Health Minister Remy Lamah said on Thursday, marking the first confirmed spread of the disease from rural areas to West African state's capital."
"Guinea’s Health Ministry reported five suspected cases of Ebola in the capital, Conakry, as the death toll from the hemorrhagic fever increased to 66. At least 15 suspected cases of the infectious disease were registered yesterday, including those in Conakry, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. A total of 103 suspected cases have now been registered, while there has been one death in the capital, it said."
Guinea: 103 suspected cases, 66 deaths
"Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they're now treating eight cases of Ebola in the capital."
"Ten new cases of Ebola with seven deaths were reported on Friday in Guinea, bringing the total number of cases to 112 and 70 deaths since the declaration of this deadly epidemic, a source from the health ministry has said."
Guinea: 112 suspected cases, 70 deaths
"The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday that Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 70 people in Guinea."
Liberia: 2 confirmed cases
"Two cases of Ebola were confirmed in Liberia as the death toll from Guinea’s outbreak, called “unprecedented” by an international aid organization, climbed to 80. One of the confirmed cases in Liberia has died, while a second person who died with a suspected Ebola infection tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organization said in a statement. Both confirmed cases in Liberia were exposed to Ebola in Guinea, Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman, said on Twitter."
"With eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the capital Conakry, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of cases now scattered in several locations in Guinea."
Guinea: 80 deaths; Liberia: 2 confirmed cases, 1 death
"The World Health Organisation says an outbreak of the incurable disease in Guinea is still 'relatively small' compared to past epidemics, after charity workers called it 'unprecedented' in scale."
"The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in seven years climbed to 83 in Guinea as the aid organization Doctors Without Borders said the disease's geographical spread marks the flare-up as unprecedented."
Guinea: 83 deaths
Guinea: 129 suspected cases, 84 deaths
"Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 83."
"Liberia said Thursday, April 3 it was dealing with its first suspected Ebola case thought to be unconnected to the epidemic raging in Guinea and to have originated separately within its borders.If confirmed, the case in the eastern town of Tapeta would mark a worrying development in the fight against Ebola, as cases so far have been attributed to people returning with the infection from neighboring Guinea, where 84 people have died."
"A woman confirmed to have traveled to the Firestone Plantation Camp in Liberia with the deadly Ebola virus has been pronounced dead. Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale told the weekly Ministry of Information press briefing Thursday that the death now brings to total death in Liberia since the outbreak started to seven."
Liberia: 7 deaths
"Mali says it has detected three suspected victims of Ebola, the deadly disease that has killed 84 people in Guinea. Three suspected cases of haemorrhagic fever have been detected in the country. Samples have been taken and sent abroad for analysis, the country's health minister Ousmane Kone said on Thursday."
Mali: 3 suspected cases
"An Air France plane from the Ebola-hit west African country of Guinea was quarantined in Paris for two hours Friday after the crew suspected a passenger may have the deadly disease, the airline said. The flight from the Guinean capital Conakry landed at Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport at 5:28 am (0328 GMT) with 187 passengers and 11 crew members on board."
"An angry crowd attacked a treatment centre in Guinea on Friday where staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said."
"People in Mali began protesting in the country's capital of Bamako because of increasing worry over the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa."
West Africa: 137 suspected cases, 86 dead
"The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in coastal West Africa has risen to 86, with dozens more ill, aid workers reported Friday."
"XYZ News can report that blood sample from a 12-year-old girl has been sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for tests to confirm if Ghana has recorded its first case of ebola."
"The suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a young girl in Ghana has been ruled out by laboratory testing , according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update today."
"Guinea's government raised the death toll in the Ebola epidemic raging through its southern forests and capital to 95. The health ministry added nine deaths to the toll of 86 given before the weekend, saying that 52 cases had been confirmed in laboratories to be the killer tropical virus.Up to now, the Guinean authorities have registered 151 suspect cases and 95 deaths, the ministry's chief disease prevention officer Sakoba Keita told AFP, without specifying the locations of the new deaths."
Guinea: 151 suspected cases, 95 deaths
"Guinea: A cumulative total of 151 clinically compatible cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) including 95 deaths had officially been reported from Guinea . 65 samples were tested of which 34 are tested positive for Ebola. The date of onset of the most recent laboratory confirmed case is 3 April. 14 of the cases including 8 deaths are health workers of which 11 are laboratory confirmed cases. Liberia 21 clinical cases of EVD, including 10 deaths, have been reported from Liberia. All 5 of the laboratory confirmed cases have died Sierra-Leone 2 probable cases of EVD were reported from Sierra Leone in one family who died in Guinea and their bodies repatriated to Sierra Leone. Mali 4 patients suspected to have a viral haemorrhagic fever who presented for health care in Sibiribougou, Koulikoro Region of Mali. Two of the suspected cases had travelled from Guinea."
"Laboratory tests for the specimens taken to the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal, from the two patients who were under investigation have indicated negative for Ebola. This recent development, he said, has therefore ruled out Ebola in the Gambia as of now."
"Two out of three suspected Ebola cases in Mali “do not contain the Ebola virus,’’ the Malian government said on Tuesday. “The results of the third suspected case are still under examination,’’ the government said, adding that so far there was no confirmed Ebola case in Mali."
Liberia: 22 suspected cases, 12 dead
"The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country."
Guinea: 157 suspected cases, 66 confirmed cases, 101 deaths
"As of 10 April, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Liberia has reported a cumulative total of 5 laboratory confirmed cases and 20 suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The date of onset of the most recent confirmed case is 6 April, with 6 patients currently hospitalised. Lofa County accounts for 32% of the clinical cases reported to date (4 laboratory confirmed and 6 suspected cases) followed by Margibi County (27%, 1 confirmed and 5 suspected cases). Other Counties at risk include Bong (4 suspected cases) and Nimba (3 suspected cases). Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties have each reported one suspected case. At present 32 contacts remain under medical observation. The cumulative number of 12 deaths are being attributed to EVD; Lofa (9), Nimba (1), Margibi (1) and Montserrado (1). All 5 laboratory confirmed cases have died. Laboratory confirmed deaths have occurred in Lofa County (4) and Margibi County (1)...As of 10 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Mali reports a cumulative total of 6 suspected cases after 2 suspected cases tested negative for ebolavirus and other viral haemorrhagic fever viruses in assays conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta."
Liberia: 20 suspected cases, 5 confirmed cases; Mali: 6 suspected cases
Guinea: 168 suspected cases, 108 deaths
"In March 2014, the World Health Organization was notified of an outbreak of a communicable disease characterized by fever, severe diarrhea, vomiting, and a high fatality rate in Guinea. Virologic investigation identified Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) as the causative agent. Full-length genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis showed that EBOV from Guinea forms a separate clade in relationship to the known EBOV strains from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. Epidemiologic investigation linked the laboratory-confirmed cases with the presumed first fatality of the outbreak in December 2013. This study demonstrates the emergence of a new EBOV strain in Guinea."
Liberia: 28 suspected cases, 13 deaths
Guinea: 197 suspected cases, 101 confirmed cases, 121 suspected deaths, 56 confirmed deaths
"As of 18:00 on 20 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 208 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 136 deaths. To date, 169 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 112 cases have been laboratory confirmed, including 69 deaths. From 13 March, the date of onset of the first laboratory confirmed case in Liberia, to 21 April, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia has reported a total of 34 clinically compatible cases of EVD; 6 confirmed cases, including 6 deaths, 2 probable cases and 26 suspected cases.As of 22 April 2014, clinical samples from 19 clinically compatible cases of EVD have been tested at the Kenema Government Hospital. All 19 samples tested negative for ebolavirus."
Guinea: 224 cases (of which 121 confirmed), 143 deaths
"As of 18:00 on 1 May 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 226 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 149 deaths. Of 210 patients tested for ebolavirus infection, 127 cases have been laboratory confirmed by PCR, including 81 deaths...The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Liberia has completed the process of revising clinical cases of EVD based on their final laboratory results. All cases which tested PCR positive or ebolavirus IgM positive have been reclassified as “confirmed acute” cases. PCR negative but ebolavirus IgG positive cases are considered “confirmed convalescent” cases. Following the reclassification of suspected cases, as of 2 May the total number of clinical EVD cases reported in Liberia is 13 (6 confirmed, 2 probable and 5 suspected cases), including 11 deaths. There were 2 confirmed cases in HCWs, both of whom died. There have been no new clinical cases in Liberia since 6 April."
"The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 231 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 155 deaths, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update today...The geographical distribution of clinical cases of EVD since the beginning of the outbreak is: Conakry (53 cases, including 24 deaths), Guekedou (145/105), Macenta (22/16), Kissidougou (6/5), Dabola (4/4) and Djingaraye(1/1). There have been no new cases of EVD in Kissidougou since 1 April and in Macenta since 9 April. In Djingaraye and Dabola, no new cases have been reported since the end of March 2014."
"Yet on May 25, 2014 the sad news came as a rude awakening for the health authorities and the people of Sierra Leone, Ebola had struck in the very place everyone had been looking; Koindi, Kissy Teng chiefdom, in the Kailahun district east of Sierra Leone near the border with Guinea."
"On 7 May 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 236 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 158 deaths... As of 7 May, 113 experts have been deployed to assist in the response. This includes 54 experts deployed through the global WHO surge mechanism, 33 international experts from among partner institutions of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), 10 externally recruited consultants, 16 WHO staff who were locally repurposed."
"May 12, Guinean Ministry of Health reported 248 cases of clinical cases, 171 cases of death. Where: 138 confirmed cases and 92 deaths; 67 cases (57 deaths) were classified as probable cases, 43 cases (including 22 deaths) were classified as suspected cases. Conakry: 40 cases (20 deaths), the final case report time is April 26 - Gueckedou: 83 cases (60 deaths), the final case report time was May 11. Ma Sangda: 12 cases (10 deaths), the final case report time is April 9. Kissidougou: 2 cases (1 death), the final case report time is April 1. Dabola: 1 case (1 death), the final case report time is the end of March."
"As of May 23, 2014, 8 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported from one newly affected district, Telimele (3 cases and 0 deaths) and two existing affected areas, Gueckedou (2 cases and 0 deaths) and Macenta (3 cases and 3 deaths). Since the beginning of the outbreak, the cumulative total number of clinical cases of EVD is 258, including 174 deaths. The geographical distribution of the clinical cases of EVD is as follows: Conakry (50 cases, including 25 deaths), Gueckedou (170/121), Macenta (22/17), Kissidougou (8/6), Dabola (4/4), Djinguiraye (1/1) and Telimele (3/0)"
"Guinea's govt previously said outbreaks were contained; New areas affected, including spread into Sierra Leone; Families remove four patients from Sierra Leone clinic (Adds patient removals)"
"The WHO has documented a total of 281 clinical cases of Ebola, including 185 deaths in Guinea since the virus was first identified as Ebola in March. The disease is thought to have killed 11 people in Liberia, thought there have been no new cases there since April 9. Sixteen cases - seven of them confirmed through laboratory testing and another nine suspected - have been reported in Sierra Leone's Kailahun district, where four people were believed to have died of the disease."
"Cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone have more than tripled in just 3 days, from 16 reported on May 27 to 50 reported today by the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency also reported 10 new EVD cases in Guinea and 1 in Liberia...The 34 new cases in Sierra Leone include 7 confirmed, 3 probable, and 24 suspected, as well as 1 (suspected-case) death in five districts. The WHO said that the country now has a total of 14 confirmed, 3 probable, and 36 suspected EVD cases, including 6 deaths...Guinea's 10 new cases bring the country's total to 291, including 193 fatal cases. The WHO broke down the cases as 172 confirmed (including 108 deaths), 71 probable (62 fatal), and 48 suspected (23 fatal). Seven of the 10 new cases were fatal...The WHO also reported a new fatal case in Foya district in Liberia...Liberia had not reported an EVD case since Apr 9 and now has 35, according to previous reports."
WHO update: May 29th, 34 new cases in Sierra Leone (7 confirmed, 3 probable, 24 suspected, including 1 death) and 10 new cases in Guinea. New case totals: Sierra Leone has 14 confirmed, 36 suspected cases, including 6 deaths. Guinea has 291 cases including 193 deaths.
Director of Disease Prevention and Control, MOHS Dr. Amara Jambai confirmed 4 deaths in Sokoma village, Kailahun District on May 26. The virus has allegedly killed 15 in Koindu.
367 total clinically compatible cases: Guinea has 291, Sierra Leone has 50, Liberia has 26.
"Guinean Health Minister, Remy Lamah on Sunday...'113 deaths are been recorded out of the 178 confirmed cases throughout the Guinean territory," said Lamah, during a press conference. He added that the virus has gained ground around the country because of "laxness" and "lack of information.' "
Health ministry spokesman Yaya Tunis announced a fifth death due to Ebola. The updated case count is 15 confirmed cases out of 36 suspected cases.
Christian Aid is collaborating with the Council of Churches, Sierra Leone (CCSL) and district health authorities to prevent the spread of disease. There are now five confirmed deaths and a further 31 suspected cases.
In Guinea, the classification of cases is as follows: 172 confirmed cases and 108 deaths; 71 probable cases and 62 deaths; 48 suspected cases and 23 deaths. The breakdown of cases and deaths by affected areas is as follows: Conakry, 53 cases and 27 deaths; Gueckedou, 179 cases and 133 deaths; Macenta, 40 cases and 23 deaths; Kissidougou, 7 cases and 5 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths, Djinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; and Boffa, 4 cases and 0 deaths. In Sierra Leone, the geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Kailahun (37 cases and 6 deaths), Kenema (1 case and 0 death), Koinadugu (1 case and 0 death), Bo (1 case and 0 death), Moyamba and (1 case and 0 death). As of May 29, 1 new suspected case who died in Foya district, Liberia was reported.
A number of "non-essential" staff at iron ore company London Mining have left Sierra Leone following the Ebola outbreak. Non-essential travel to the area has been restricted.
Robin Faley, All Peoples Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary embarked on campaign to educate residents, particularly in Kailahun and Kenema Districts, on Ebola signs, symptoms, transmission, prevention, and treatment.
WHO reports 328 cases in Guinea, of which 193 are confirmed. There have been 208 deaths. In the period between May 29 and June 1, at least 21 people died and 37 new suspected cases were reported. During this period, Sierra Leone recorded 3 new confirmed and 10 suspected cases
One suspected but unconfirmed case has been recorded in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.
79 confirmed and suspected cases have been recorded in Sierra Leone to date. The death count has jumped from one death a week ago to six currently. Liberia has not had new cases for two months. The suspected death in Foya is attributed to an individual believed to have been infected in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, and was taken back to Kailahun to be buried.
WHO reports 11 new cases (8 confirmed, 1 probable, 2 suspected) and 3 new deaths in Guinea between June 2 and 3. The breakdown is as follows: Conakry (7 new cases and 1 death), Gueckedou (2 new cases and 1 death), Telimele (1 new case and 0 deaths), and Boffa (1 new case and 1 death). There are now 344 cases in Guinea (207 confirmed, 81 probable, and 56 suspected cases) including 215 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Conakry, 65 cases and 27 deaths; Gueckedou, 193 cases and 143 deaths; Macenta, 44 cases and 26 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 7 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 23 cases and 5 deaths; and Boffa, 7 cases and 4 deaths. In Sierra Leone, WHO reports 9 new suspected cases between June 2 and 5. The current case count is 81 (31 confirmed, 3 probable, 47 suspected) including 6 deaths. Most cases are from Kailahun district. Liberia has not had any new confirmed cases since April 6.
"The World Health Organization says 22 new cases of Ebola virus were reported in Sierra Leone between May 29th and June 5. WHO counts 81 cases with 6 deaths but Sierra Leone’s health ministry says it has a total of 95 confirmed and suspected cases...At least 35 lab-confirmed cases have been traced to a traditional healer whose grieving patients handled her infected body at her funeral."
Ebola has moved to the northern town of Mambolo in the Kambia district, where 2 cases have been confirmed and 10 suspected cases are awaiting test results.
The number of deaths from Ebola in Sierra Leone has doubled from 6 to 12 in the last week, according to Sierra Leonian health authorities. There may be more unconfirmed deaths. Director of Disease Control and Prevention for Sierra Leone, Amara Jambai, said there have been 42 confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone.
"At least 231 people have died since the outbreak of the fearsome disease, which causes bleeding internally and externally and for which there is no known cure. Guinea has recorded just over 200 deaths, along with about a dozen each in Sierra Leone and Liberia"
Ebola has killed the senior wife of Paramount Chief of Jawei Chiefdom, Madam Amie Ngumbu Klah (Kailahun District, Sierra Leone)
"In Sierra Leone, 114 suspected cases have been tested for Ebola, with 43 confirmed cases and 16 deaths. All deaths are confirmed cases from the Kailahun district, two of which traveled from Kailahun to Kambia district."
Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Brima Kargbo, has confirmed 17 deaths due to Ebola. There have been 117 suspected cases, 43 of which have been confirmed.
On June 11, Sierra Leone shut its borders to trade with Guinea and Liberia and closed schools, cinemas, and nightclubs in a frontier region to slow the spread of Ebola. Health checkpoints will be established in the eastern Kailahun district and Ebola victims must be buried under supervision of health personnel.
The Sierra Leone government has announced a state of emergency in the Kailahun district due to the Ebola virus that has killed 17 in the nation. According to government figures, there have been 122 suspected and 46 confirmed cases in the district.
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation has confirmed 50 cases of the 132 tested cases. There have been 17 deaths. The Ministry is not restricting the movement of people but is implementing screening at checkpoints and border crossing areas.
The number of lab-confirmed cases has risen to 52 in Sierra Leone, according to an emailed statement from the Health Ministry. The number of suspected cases rose to 138 and the number of deaths to 19.
"Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Ministry (MOHSW) has confirmed a fresh outbreak in New Kru Town with seven cases reported...six have been confirmed dead." These cases are attributed to a woman who traveled to Kailahun District, Sierra Leone and settled in New Kru Town with family members, as well as six contacts. Since the start of the outbreak in Liberia, there have been 17 deaths out of 31 reported cases.
"On June 10, 2014, The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea reported 376 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), including 241 fatal cases and 233 laboratory confirmed cases. New cases were reported in Gueckedou, Telimele, and Boffa districts and follow-up investigations continue in Conakry, Boke, and Dubreka districts in the west, and Macenta, and Kouroussa districts in the south. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone reported 117 suspect cases, 19 fatal cases, and 43 laboratory confirmed cases on June 9, 2014. Confirmed cases have been reported from the Kailahun district, near Gueckedou, Guinea, and for the first time in Kambia and Port Loko districts in northwest Sierra Leone. Reports of and investigations of suspect cases continue in Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Bo, Moyamba , Kambia, Koinadugu, Port Loko, Tonkolili, Bombali, and Western area districts. Laboratory testing is being conducted in Kenema city. Sierra Leone and WHO have sent experts to aid in the response and investigation. On June 7, 2014, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia reported 1 laboratory confirmed EHF case and 1 new death in the Foya District of Liberia. This is the first reported case since April 6, 2014."
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation has confirmed 53 cases of 138 tested cases. There have been 19 deaths.
"Dr. Aaron Kollie, Health Officer of Lofa County, has reported a new outbreak in Foya district, Lofa County." Three cases have been reported, of which one is confirmed and two are suspected.
Mr. Charles Mambu, head of Health For All Coalition, said that 62 cases have been confirmed of 157 tested. 19 have died.
"Sources close to the Ebola treatment center in Daru, Jawei Chiefdom, Kailahun district have reported 34 deaths, of which 33 have been in Daru town and one in Koindu."
Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah reported seven new deaths from Ebola in Monrovia, Sierra Leone's capital. One of the deaths was a woman who had traveled to an infected area in Sierra Leone and is believed to have brought the disease back with her to the capital city. Four of the seven deaths have been confirmed to be victims of Ebola. Nyenswah reports 16 deaths in the country so far.
Miatta Kargbo, minister for health and sanitation in Sierra Leone, told lawmakers that 83 cases have been confirmed of 193 tested, and 20 people have died.
Director of the Community Health Department in Voinjama, Lofa County, Edmund Esiah, reports nine new cases of Ebola at the Tellewoyan Hospital in Voinjama. Six have been confirmed and the remaining three are suspected, awaiting lab confirmation. One person has died. The victim had traveled from Sierra Leone to the Tellewoyan Memorial Hospital to seek treatment.
Nine deaths have been reported from Lofa County: eight in Foya and one in Voinjama.
A WHO update states that over 500 cases have been recorded (confirmed and suspected combined), while 337 are reported to have died. Affected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
According to a WHO update, Guinea saw 7 new cases and 5 new deaths between June 14 and 16 (Gueckedou had 4 cases and 5 deaths, Boffa had 3 cases). To date, there have been 398 cases (254 confirmed, 88 probable and 56 suspected) and 264 deaths. The geographical breakdown is as follows: Conakry, 70 cases and 33 deaths; Gueckedou, 224 cases and 173 deaths; Macenta, 41 cases and 28 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 8 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 30 cases and 9 deaths; Bofa, 19 cases and 10 deaths; and Kouroussa, 1 case and 1 death. Sierra Leone had 31 new cases and 4 new deaths between June 15 and 17 (Kailahun had 29 cases and 4 deaths, Kono had 1 case, and Western had 1 case). To date, Sierra Leone has had 97 cases (92 confirmed, 3 probable, and 2 suspected) and 49 deaths. The geographical distribution is as follows: Kailahun, 92 cases and 46 deaths; Kambia, 1 case; Port Loko, 2 cases and 1 death; Kono, 1 case; and Western, 1 case and 1 death. Liberia had 9 new cases and 5 new deaths between June 11 and 16 (Lofa had 6 cases, Montserrado had 3 cases and 5 deaths). The cumulative total of cases is 33 (18 confirmed, 8 probable, and 7 suspected) with 24 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Lofa, 21 cases and 14 deaths; Montserrado, 8 cases and 8 deaths; Margibi, 2 cases and 2 deaths; and Nimba, 2 cases and 0 deaths. Since the beginning of this outbreak, West Africa has had a total of 528 confirmed and suspected cases (combined), including 337 deaths.
Many people in Sierra Leone have refused to accept Western approaches to dealing with the disease. They prefer to use traditional healers, which may help the disease spread faster. Some believe that victims have been cursed by a "witch gun," and that only a witch doctor can remove the curse. Official healthcare workers have been denied access to the sick or refused blood samples. In one case, health workers were stoned by villagers who were trying to remove ebola patients from a healthcare center. "Given a health-care system lacking decent equipment, qualified staff and affordable drugs (rather than the more popular counterfeit ones), a lack of faith in Western medicine is understandable. The ministry of health has put out flyers with answers to questions such as “Is it true Ebola is a curse?” and “Can a mix of ginger, honey, garlic, onion and vinegar cure ebola?” At the same time, the authorities have used mobile-phone networks to warn people by text to avoid eating the meat of bats, one of the disease’s prime carriers. A band based in neighbouring Liberia, which also has the scourge, has released a catchy new song with lyrics such as “Ebola, ebola in town/Don’t touch your friend/No eating something/It’s dangerous”."
Miata Kargbo, Health Minister of Sierra Leone, has confirmed 103 cases and 26 deaths in the country. 246 cases were investigated. There have been 12 survivors.
A senior official for Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) has declared West Africa's Ebola outbreak "totally out of control." Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist with MSF, said it "is the highest outbreak on record and has the highest number of deaths, so this is unprecedented so far."
Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has declared eight deaths in Monrovia since June 8. The country's total number of lab-confirmed deaths is 17, and there are at least seven suspected deaths.
Pierre Formenty, a WHO specialist, attributes the recent resurgence of Ebola in West Africa to a "relaxation" of efforts to contain the virus. Although the first wave of cases began to diminish by the end of April, a second wave that began in early May is now hitting West Africa. Formenty stresses that one cas can restart an entire epidemic. WHO, Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), and other international partners have sent 100-160 international experts to work on the ground to get the outbreak under control.
Guinean health authorities have reported 258 cases and 160 deaths--significantly lower numbers than what the WHO reports. Four of these cases are recent, three from Guekedou and one from Boffa. Recent deaths include two in Tielimele and one in Boffa.
A WHO update shows 567 cases and 350 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. While most of the deaths are in Guinea, the growth of cases has been greater in Sierra Leone recently. Medecins Sans Frontiers has stated that the outbreak will require a "massive deployment of resources."
A Lofa County health official has stated that the death toll in the county has risen to 11.
"The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Miatta Kargbo and Team has concluded a one day Mano River Union (MRU) Ministers of Health Meeting in Conakry, Guinea to strengthen collaboration, communication and coordination in the fight against the spread of the Ebola disease."
According to a WHO update, Guinea now has 390 reported cases (260 confirmed, 87 probable, and 43 suspected) and 270 deaths. The geographical distribution is as follows: Conakry, 65 cases and 33 deaths; Gueckedou, 226 cases and 177 deaths; Macenta, 41 cases and 28 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 6 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 25 cases and 9 deaths; Boffa, 21 cases and 12 deaths; and Kouroussa, 1 case and 1 death. Currently, 19 patients are in EVD Treatment Centres in Conakry (9), Gueckedou (9), and Telimele (1). Between June 18 and 20, there were no new cases but 3 new deaths in Guinea (2 from Gueckedou and 1 from Telimele). In Sierra Leone, there are now 158 reported cases (147 confirmed, 8 probable, and 3 suspected) and 34 deaths from confirmed cases. Between June 18 and 20, no new cases were reported but 4 new deaths occurred in Sierra Leone (3 from Kailahun and 1 from Kenema). The geographical breakdown of the total cases and deaths is as follows: Kailahun, 135 cases and 32 deaths; Kambia, 1 case and 0 deaths; Port Loko, 2 cases and 0 deaths; Kenema, 19 cases and 2 deaths; and Western, 1 case and 0 deaths. Currently, 52 patients are in EVD Treatment Centres in Kenema (12) and Kailahun (40). In Liberia, 10 new cases and 8 new deaths were reported between June 19 and 22 (Lofa: 8 cases, 6 deaths; Montserrado: 2 cases, 2 deaths). The total number of cases in Liberia is now 51 (34 confirmed, 10 probable, and 7 suspected) with 34 deaths. The geographical breakdown is as follows: Lofa, 36 cases and 21 deaths; Montserrado, 11 cases and 11 deaths; Margibi, 2 cases and 2 deaths; and Nimba, 2 cases and 0 deaths.
A new center has opened for Ebola patients at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville (outside Monrovia, Liberia). Some see the opening of this center as dangerous and worrisome, in part because of its nearness to the hospital laboratory and Nurses' Station, where visitors and family members come in and out daily.
La Fe Hospital in Valencia, Spain has reported that patient from Conakry, Guinea has tested negative for Ebola. The man is making "encouraging progress."
Liberia's Assistant Health Minister, Tolbert Nyensweah, reports a total of 29 confirmed cases of Ebola in the country, after the discovery of 10 new cases. According to the government, there are an additional 14 suspected cases. Of the confirmed cases, 21 are in Lofa County and eight are in Monrovia. Three more deaths were confirmed recently, with over 30 deaths total.
The WHO has altered its fatality reporting in Sierra Leone at the request of the government. Previously, the death count had reached 58, with both probable and suspected deaths included. Now, the WHO will only report lab-confirmed cases in Sierra Leone's death count, lowering the number to 34. Fatality reporting in Guinea and Liberia will remain unchanged. There have been a total of 599 cases and 338 fatalities in West Africa due to the Ebola outbreak.
The Sierra Leonean Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Brima Kargbo, has stated that 46 people have died in the country during the outbreak. Kargbo reported 163 confirmed cases, 142 of which are from the Kailahun district.
"Dr. Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations said, 'The epidemic is out of control. With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other area'. He goes on to say, 'We have reached our limits', noting the organizations inability to send teams to the new outbreak sites."
Several health workers were chased by a number of citizens of Konia Town, Zeyeama Clan in Zorzor District, Lofa County (Liberia) as they tried to raise awareness about Ebola. The citizens claimed that reports of the Ebola outbreak were false.
There have now been 635 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola in West Africa, with 399 deaths. This is the largest outbreak in history "in terms of the number of cases and deaths, as well as geographical spread." The WHO has called for "drastic action" to be taken against the disease. WHO will convene a meeting of health ministers from 11 countries in Accra, Ghana "to discuss the best way of tackling the crisis collectively as well as develop a comprehensive inter country operational response plan."
At least 20 OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) have chosen to return to the Philippines from Sierra Leone following declarations that the Ebola outbreak is "out of control." The OFWs' manning agencies requested the DFA to help remove them from the area.
Medics in Guinea have expressed their frustration with how government officials have handled the Ebola outbreak. "They lied, so our partners, and even the local population, put down their guard. And this is the result -- the epidemic has spread throughout the country," says Dr Alphadio of the Donka hospital. The Guinean president, Alpha Conde, has been criticized for saying that the outbreak was "well in hand" during a visit to WHO headquarters in Geneva in April. Religious leaders are also telling the government to take action. An imam, Thierno Ousmane Camara, recently called on the president "not to play down this disease, which, sadly, is causing so much grief to families." Similar frustration against the government exists in Liberia, where the government has not conducted any public awareness campaigns or implemented specific prevention measures against Ebola.
Where cases have disappeared or results have returned negative, people think that Ebola is "make-believe" or that it never existed. Hygiene measures are no longer followed: people shake hands and kiss at the market and buckets of chlorinated water for hand-washing have disappeared from restaurants. "Some even believe that the virus was in the chlorinated water," says Simon Gbanamou, a resident of Macenta with a degree in medicine helping to raise public awareness. Vigilance has diminished, even though MSF and WHO have warned not to claim victory against the disease just yet.
WHO reports that Guinea now has 396 cases and 280 deaths, Sierra Leone has 176 cases and 46 deaths, and Liberia has 63 cases and 41 deaths. In total the 3 nations have had 635 cases and 367 deaths. Over 150 experts have been deployed by the WHO to help stop the spread of Ebola.
Some infected patients are being kept in churches so that they can be healed through prayer. Liberia's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, has warned churches to stop keeping infected people from going to hospitals. Three suspected Ebola patients died in a church in New Kru Town when they went in for prayer. "The churches are not hospitals," said Dr. Dahn.
An Ebola patient, recently diagnosed positive for the virus, fled the Kenema Government Hospital and caused serious alarm. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation issued a press release warning people to be vigilant and to report the patient's presence to prevent the spread of disease. The patient reported fled with his mother and other family members to Bo City.
Sierra Leone's Health Ministry has warned that it is a serious crime to shelter someone infected by Ebola. The Health Ministry also laments the fact that some patients have discharged themselves from the hospital and gone into hiding. "The Health Ministry wishes the general public to know that any person who obstructs or interferes with the performance of the medical team in any of the ebola observation and treatment centres, would be guilty of an offence and liable to punishment," said the statement.
Pierre Formenty of the WHO told journalists in Geneva, "The situation is not out of hand." He continued, “WHO has been supporting the three affected countries and their Ministries of Health staff, and are working with them on a daily basis to try to contain the outbreak.”
Guinea has had 286 confirmed cases of Ebola so far, with 182 deaths. 27 health workers were affected and 20 have died.
"We need to find a special place to bury these corpses, if not, the bodies will keep piling up on us. If we don't bury them, they will begin to decompose and then that will be trouble for all of us," said a burial team member. Sometimes citizens chase burial teams away. They also try to wait for consent from the family before burying, and some family members are afraid to come up to identify the bodies of relatives.
Liberian health authorities have reported 61 confirmed and probable cases, of which 35 are confirmed deaths: 21 in Lofa County, 13 in Montserrado County, and one in Margibi County.
Liberia's health ministry has now reported 49 deaths including 26 confirmed deaths.
"Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf expressed concern about a resurgence of Ebola in the country: 'As the number of cases and deaths of Ebola virus disease continues to rise in our sub region, we are all gravely concerned by the rate at which this cross-border transmission is taking place.' The virus is currently affecting Lofa, Montserrado, and Margibi County. The Ministry of Health reports 90 confirmed cases in Liberia, including 49 deaths."
"Dr. Amara Jambai, Sierra Leone's director of disease prevention and control, said at least 57 suspected and confirmed Ebola cases have gone "missing," as victims have fled treatment centers and gone into hiding. 'My biggest problem, as it stands, is getting people to accept the disease,' said Sheik Umar Khan, the doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Kenema's hospital."
"Fear of contracting Ebola has slowed patient turnout at the Redemption Hospital in the Borough of New Kru Town (Liberia). The has virus killed at least four patients and a nurse at the hospital. Most patients are now requesting to be taken to the outpatient department rather than the inpatient department so they can leave the same day. Nurses have been working in fear of contracting the disease."
West Africa: 759 suspected cases, 467 deaths
"The number of deaths attributed to an epidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stood at 467 by Monday, out of 759 known cases in total, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday."
The Red Cross temporarily removed international staff from an Ebola center in Gueckedou, in the southeast of Guinea. Operations were suspended following a threat on a Red Cross vehicle by locals wielding knives. MSF has faced similar threats.
The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised the alert on Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to Level 2 (Restriction Phase). This alert level restricts non-essential movements of Filipinos in these countries and warns them to avoid public places and take extra precautions.
Nurses at the C.H. Rennie Memorial Hospital in Kakata, Liberia have fled their work due to fear of contracting Ebola. The nurses blame the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to treat suspected Ebola patients, saying this endangers their lives and puts their families and communitites at risk. The nurses have refused to work until the PPEs and other safeguards are provided.
A Ugandan doctor serving at Redeption Hospital in New Kru Town has died of Ebola. This is the fourth death of a healthcare worker nationally. There have been 17 newly reported Ebola cases in the country.
"UNICEF reports 90 deaths in Liberia. Of the confirmed cases, 26 are from Lofa County, 1 is from Margibi County, and 16 are from Montserrado County. 9 cases have been healthcare workers, of which 5 have died."
Liberia: 90 deaths
Sierra Leone's President Koroma reported 199 lab-confirmed cases of 388 tested cases, including 65 confirmed deaths and 23 discharged cases in an address to the nation. He adds, 'This is a national fight, and all must be involved. And I strongly believe that our country has the goodwill, the resilience and the determination to scale this challenge.'
Sierra Leone: 199 lab-confirmed cases, 65 confirmed deaths
Liberia: 104 suspected cases, 48 confirmed cases, 66 deaths
Liberia's Health Ministry reports 104 suspected and 48 confirmed cases in the country, including 66 deaths. 35 of these deaths were reported from Lofa County, 2 from Margibi County, and 29 from Montserrado County.
WHO expects outbreak to continue for "several months".
Keiji Fukuda, the WHO assistant director-general of health security, said 'I certainly expect that we are going to be dealing with this outbreak, minimum, for a few months to several months.' He expressed hope that a turnaround would come, with a decrease in cases over the next several weeks.
Guinea: MSF/Doctors Without Borders no longer allowed to visit 20 villages in southern Guinea due to hostility.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) can no longer visit 20 villages in southern Guinea, where healthcare workers have faced too much hostility. “A worrying issue is that because of the lack of understanding of the disease there’s a real problem in communities in southern Guinea with growing hostility towards any foreigners. And this is really due to a lack of effort to explain well enough the reality of the disease,” said Bart Janssens, the MSF director of operations. Janssens stated that MSF, "which has sent 300 staff members and 40 tons of equipment, has reached the limits of what it can do."
West Africa: 779 suspected cases, 481 deaths
The WHO reports a total of 779 cases including 481 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Between July 1 and 2, the countries reported 21 new cases and 14 new deaths.
Public health officials warn that there is a high risk of spread beyond the 60 locations already affected. According to CBC news, however, many experts believe that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unlikely to spread outside of Africa. Some of the main factors allowing the virus to spread so rapidly are cultural practices that are not practiced elsewhere.
Grassroots doctors published a letter in The Lancet warning that many cases in Sierra Leone are going undetected. Their explanation cited Sierra Leone's poverty and lack of doctors, diagnostic tools, a disease-monitoring network, and protective clothing for healthcare workers as reasons why the country is struggling to contain the Ebola outbreak. Many cases are unreported because sick people may choose to self-treat or use traditional medicine rather than go to a hospital. In addition, diagnostic tests are expensive and diagnosis may stigmatize a patient.
Sierra Leone: 254 confirmed cases, 73 deaths, 92 patients undergoing treatment
"The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone said there have been 73 deaths as a result of 254 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus. There are 92 patients currently in treatment centers, the ministry said today in an e-mailed statement. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed 467 people, including at least 32 health workers, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the World Health Organization said yesterday."
An Ebola patient in Guinea has survived the disease after receiving treatment at a MSF center in southern Guinea. His survival has sparked hope that others will beat the odds as well.
"An American (name withheld) has been quarantined at the Nyaho clinic in Accra for a suspected Ebola case."
The individual had previously visited Sierra Leone before arriving in Ghana. Test results have not yet returned.
Guinea: 413 suspected cases, 303 deaths
Liberia: 107 suspected cases, 65 deaths
Sierra Leone: 239 suspected cases, 99 deaths
"In Conakry, MSF has treated 59 Ebola patients, 33 of whom have recovered. In Gueckedou, they have treated 130 patients, and 31 have recovered. In Telimele, they have treated 21, and 16 have recovered. In Macenta, 7 people were treated and 2 recovered. In Sierra Leone, MSF is operating in Kailahun, Kenema, Koindu, and Daru. They treated 45 in Kailahun; 12 died. In Liberia, an MSF team of 4 is supporting the MoH in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola in Monrovia. MSF is handing over operations in Foya to another NGO."
"The US citizen quarantined in Ghana suspected of having Ebola has tested negative for the deadly disease. The Ministry of Health said preliminary tests undertaken by the Noguchi Memorial Research Institute proved negative."
Liberia: 104 supected cases, 48 confirmed cases, 66 deaths
"Liberia's Health Ministry has disclosed that the total number of deaths from the Ebola virus in the country has risen to 66 as of July 2. Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah said of the 66 deaths, Lofa County accounts for 35. Montserrado County, which hosts the Liberian capital Monrovia, accounts for 29, while two deaths are recorded in Margibi County. Mr. Nyesuah put the cumulative probable and suspected cases at 104 and total confirmed cases at 48."
Liberia: 138 suspected cases, 43 deaths
"Making the disclosure yesterday at Capitol Hill during the Senate 45th day sitting in its chambers, Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter S. Coleman, told Plenary that it is essential that funds should be allotted in order to equip the Health Ministry to combat the virus."
"Senator Coleman, who won on the ticket of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in his presentation to his colleagues in chambers, disclosed that there are 138 cases of Ebola in the country currently with 43 deaths recorded. Out of these 43 deaths, 10 health workers have also died in the process."
Liberia: 143 suspected cases, 64 confirmed cases, 81 suspected deaths, 38 confirmed deaths
"Liberia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported two new Ebola cases, bringing the cumulative cases to 143 including 64 confirmed. According to Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyensuah, one new death was reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 81, including 38 confirmed deaths."
"Ever since the outbreak of Ebola, he explained that out of the 433 Screened Ebola cases, 211 have been confirmed positive of the dreadful disease. Out of the 211, Kailahun he expressed has 165; Kenema has 42; Kambia 1; Port Loko 2 and Bo 1. And out of the 211 total infected cases within the country, 67, he revealed, have died of the disease."
Port Loko: 2
Sierra Leone: 211 confirmed cases; 67 deaths
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health reports 315 lab-confirmed Ebola cases including 99 deaths. The disease has reached the capital after an Egyptian patient traveled from Kenema to Freetown.
"There have been 99 Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone out of 315 laboratory-confirmed cases, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The ministry said yesterday that 92 people had died out of 305 cases. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed more than 540 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in an outbreak that according to the World Health Organization may last another three to four months."
"The religious leaders amongst several things agreed to provide Ebola education in their various churches and Sunday schools, homes and communities."
Sierra Leone: 346 lab-confirmed cases of 687 suspected cases, 110 deaths.
15 of those deaths were health personnel
Liberia:163 suspected cases, 94 deaths
"Among the cases, 104 are from Lofa County in northern Liberia where the disease first entered the country from neighboring Guinea, 55 from Montserrado County, 3 from Margibi County and 1 from Bomi County. Of the 94 deaths, 42 have been lab-confirmed."
Following requests made during an 11-nation meeting in Accra, Ghana, the WHO has activated a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Center in Conakry, Guinea. The center will be responsible for tasks including ensuring effective use and deployment of limited, critical resources based on prioritization and objectives.
"A senior health official here has alarmed of the issuance of 'false Ebola vaccine' by imposters, acting as health workers in Monrovia and surroundings. Deputy Health Minister for Research Planning, Ms. Yah Zolia told UNMIL radio Wednesday, July 16 that the Health Ministry is receiving reports of imposters offering Ebola vaccine in some communities."
"New cases of Ebola virus have been found in four additional counties in Liberia, raising the number of affected counties to seven out of a total of 15."
"Sierra Leone, one of three West African nations hit by the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, will create an emergency center to coordinate responses to contain a disease that’s killed 127 people in the country. The center, which will be located at the World Health Organization’s office in the capital Freetown, will act as a central command unit to link district health officials with regional authorities, the health ministry said in an e-mailed statement. Sierra Leone has 397 confirmed cases of Ebola."
"Four nurses working at the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County, have reportedly contracted the Ebola virus, while the test result of the fifth nurse is yet to be released. All four nurses, whose names were not disclosed, have since been transferred to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia and the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville where they are being treated and monitored by doctors."
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health & Sanitation reports a total of 409 confirmed cases including 139 confirmed deaths. 98 patients have survived and been discharged.
The United Methodist Hospital has reported the first Ebola death in Ganta, Liberia. The patient was a man from Monrovia who was transferred to the hospital.
Sheik Umar Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating over 100 Ebola patients, has contracted the disease himself. 3 nurses working alongside Khan also caught the disease and died. Approximately 100 healthcare workers have been infected so far and 50 have died.
"A doctor at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County has tested positive for Ebola...[he] was transferred to Monrovia for testing along with four nurses, three of whom died yesterday."
A Liberian man is being tested for Ebola in Lagos, Nigeria. This would be the country's first case. Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation, with 170 million people, and Lagos is the country's commercial capital.
Liberian authorities have announced that 75% of the country's 129 Ebola deaths have been women. Liberia has reported a total of 249 cases so far. Many women are vulnerable because they engage in cross-border trade between Liberia and Guinea.
Authorities at Liberia's JFK Memorial Hospital are considering a shutdown of hospital activities for 21 days due to the increase in reported Ebola cases. JFK is one of the biggest state-run referral hospitals. Dr. Samuel Brisbane, one of the hospital's senior medical practitioners, died on Thursday, July 24. Some nurses have fled due to fear of contracting the disease and the hospital's supposed refusal to pay their salary and incentives.
The Liberian man who was being tested for Ebola in Lagos has died and been confirmed as Nigeria's first Ebola case. He arrived and collapsed at the airport in Lagos from Monrovia after a brief stopover in Togo.
The WHO reports 108 new cases and 12 new deaths between July 21 and 23. Guinea had 12 new cases and 5 deaths, Liberia had 25 new cases and 2 deaths, and Sierra Leone had 71 new cases and 5 deaths. The total number of cases is now 1201 including 672 deaths. The distribution is as follows: Guinea, 427 cases (311 confirmed, 99 probable, and 17 suspected) and 319 deaths (208 confirmed, 99 probable, and 12 suspected); Liberia, 249 cases (84 confirmed, 84 probable, and 81 suspected) and 129 deaths (60 confirmed, 50 probable, and 19 suspected); and Sierra Leone, 525 cases (419 confirmed, 56 probable, and 50 suspected) and 224 deaths (188 confirmed, 33 probable, and 3 suspected). The WHO is also conducting tests to confirm Nigeria's first suspected case and death. Initial tests conducted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital were positive for the virus.
Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a prominent doctor in Liberia, has died after a three-week battle with Ebola. A U.S. doctor, Kent Brantly, has also been infected and is being treated in Monrovia.
Nigeria is on high alert after the death of a Liberian man in Lagos. Officials in Togo also went on high alert. "Wider screening and re-checking of patients entering local hospitals have been stepped up...Nigerian airports are now setting up holding rooms to [be] ready in case another Ebola victim arrives in the country."
Two Americans have now contracted Ebola while working to combat the disease in Liberia. Dr. Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol were both working at a Samaritan's Purse compound in Liberia when they fell ill.
A former nurse in Kenema, Sierra Leone, has called Ebola a ruse "aimed at carrying out cannibalistic rituals." The rumor spread when she spoke to local residents at a fish market.
A woman suffering from the first confirmed case of Ebola in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, has died of the disease. She was forcibly removed from the hospital by relatives and later died en route to an Ebola treatment center when she decided again to seek treatment.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana has dismissed claims about an Ebola outbreak. The suspected patient was rumored to have been traveling with the disease from Liberia, but authorities say they are about 90% sure the patient is not suffering from Ebola.
The Liberian Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has shut down temporarily for sanitizing following the death of Patrick Sawyer, Coordinator of the ECOWAS National Unit. Mr. Sawyer's death was the first confirmed case in Nigeria. All senior officials who had contact with Mr. Sawyer have been placed under surveillance and requested to telecommute.
Two North Carolina-based missionary groups, SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse, have called for evacuation of non-essential personnel from Liberia. A doctor and missionary from these groups have already fallen ill.
Two sick passengers have been quarantined and tested for Ebola; one in Hong Kong and one in Birmingham, England. The case in Hong Kong is a woman who recently returned from Africa with Ebola-like symptoms and is in a hospital isolation ward while testing is conducted. The Birmingham case is a man who arrived from Nigeria and was taken to hospital isolation after reporting that he felt feverish.
New report by Liberia's health ministry puts Ebola case counts as follows: Total deaths: 181. "Of these, the total confirmed deaths are 82, total suspected deaths 23 and total probable deaths 76" Total cases: 360. "Of these, total suspected cases stand at 101, total probable cases 158 and total confirmed cases at 101". The report indicated that there have been 47 cases of health workers infected with Ebola in the country, of which 28 have died.
"Emory University Hospital officials say there are plans for an American aid worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola to be transferred there for treatment." The identity of the patient, who is to be flown to the U.S., has not yet been released.
"World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan told the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at a meeting in Conakry...'This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it. If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries'."
West Africa: 1,440 suspected cases, 826 deaths
"According to the UN health agency as of 30 July 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the four countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria) stands at 1,440 including 826 deaths."
"The distribution and classification of the EVD cases are as follows: Guinea, 472 cases (337 confirmed, 122 probable, and 12 suspected) including 346 deaths; Liberia, 391 cases (109 confirmed, 181 probable, and 101 suspected) including 227 deaths; Sierra Leone, 574 cases (507 confirmed, 41 probable, and 26 suspected) including 252 deaths; and Nigeria, 3 cases (1 probable and 2 suspected) and 1 death."
"Dr Kent Brantly touched down in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday to receive specialist care at Emory University Hospital after contracting the deadly disease, which has killed more than 700 people in west Africa. Missionary Dr Brantly, who became infected in Liberia, will be joined by fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol, 59, in a few days. Both are thought to be in a critical condition and will be admitted to an isolation unit for infectious diseases, in a hospital reportedly well equipped to deal with dangerous viruses."
"An elderly woman who died shortly after arriving in the UK from West Africa has tested negative for the Ebola virus. The woman, thought to be in her early 70s, arrived at Gatwick Airport on a Gambia Bird flight from The Gambia and health officials said she was tested for the deadly virus that has struck in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia."
"A Nigerian doctor has been diagnosed with Ebola, nearly three weeks after a Liberian-American man with Ebola died after traveling to Lagos, Nigerian officials said Monday."
"Hundreds of troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia...to quarantine communities hit by the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak reached 887 and three new cases were reported in Nigeria."
New WHO case counts bring outbreak total to 1,663 cases, 887 deaths.
"Plane carrying second American infected with Ebola leaves Liberia"
"A total of 268 people had died of the virus as of August 2, said Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah. On July 28, the Health Ministry had recorded 181 deaths, a week earlier 130 deaths. Among the dead were 37 health workers"
"The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa landed via chartered plane in the Atlanta area Tuesday morning, three days after the first American patient's arrival, and was headed to the same specialized isolation unit for treatment. The second patient arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, late Tuesday morning in a plane from Monrovia, Liberia's capital, and was headed to Emory University Hospital."
"Grand Bassa County Superintendent Etweda Cooper said the first case of Ebola has been reported in the county. Speaking over the weekend in Buchanan, Madam Cooper said an unidentified man died at the Catholic Health Center in Buchanan and was buried on Thursday. She added that his blood sample was taken to the laboratory and was tested and confirmed positive the next day."
"She added that the two health workers that came in contact with this man at the Catholic Health Center are currently undergoing observation at medical facilities in Buchanan."
"Nigerian health authorities acknowledged Tuesday that they did not immediately quarantine a sick airline passenger who later died of Ebola, announcing that eight health workers who had direct contact with him were now in isolation with symptoms of the disease."
"A doctor who cared for Sawyer has tested positive for the disease, and seven other health workers are now showing symptoms so have been placed in isolation. They are among 14 people who had "serious direct contact" with Sawyer, most of them at the hospital, Idris said. Authorities say they are also following the conditions of 56 other people who had "primary contact" with Sawyer — presumably less at risk than those in the first group."
"A Nigerian nurse became the second person to die of the Ebola virus in Africa’s most populous nation, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said, while officials suspected a patient died of the disease in Saudi Arabia."
"The Nigerian health worker, who died yesterday, had helped treat Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who fell ill from the virus after arriving on a flight to Lagos, the commercial capital. He was taken to a hospital in the city and died five days later on July 25."
"Nigeria has five other confirmed cases of Ebola in Lagos, a city of about 20 million people, Chukwu said in a statement handed to reporters today in Abuja, the capital of Africa’s biggest economy."
West Africa: 1,711 suspected cases, 932 deaths
"A Saudi national, who fell ill after returning from Sierra Leone, died early Wednesday in his hospital isolation ward where he was being tested for the Ebola virus, said the Saudi Health Ministry. The 40-year-old returned on Sunday from Sierra Leone, where there has been an Ebola outbreak, and was then hospitalized in Jiddah after showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever."
"... Emergency Committee meeting to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a 'public health emergency of international concern'...This is the first time the WHO Emergency Committee is being convened to deliberate on the Ebola Virus."
Spanish missionary to be airlifted out of Liberia for Ebola treatment after being in quarantine at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Monrovia
"Spain has been preparing to accept Europe’s first confirmed case of the Ebola virus. A medically-equipped military jet has been sent to Liberia to repatriate Miguel Pajares, 75, a Spanish missionary priest working at a hospital in the West African country."
"Liberia's president has declared a state of emergency in the West African nation amid an Ebola outbreak that shows no signs of slowing. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made the announcement on national television late Wednesday, saying that some civil rights may have to be suspended as a result of the crisis."
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday placed their emergency operations center in Atlanta on the highest response level because of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The move comes as more cases of the deadly virus have migrated from rural villages and towns in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to urban areas in Nigeria, where it could spread more quickly."
Nigeria's Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, says Ebola outbreak a "national emergency"
"Police and soldiers in Sierra Leone blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, a senior officer said, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people."
"In eastern Sierra Leone — the worst-hit area of the country — the head of police said security forces deployed last night "to establish a complete blockade" of Kenema and Kailahun districts, setting up 16 checkpoints on major roads. "No vehicles or persons are allowed into or out of the districts," Alfred Karrow-Kamara told Reuters, saying the measures would last for an initial 50-day period. He said traders who had registered with security agencies would be able to bring in food and medicines. Security forces would mount foot patrols to ensure civilians did not slip past their roadblocks through the bush."
"The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. On Friday, WHO announced the Ebola outbreak — the largest and longest in history — is worrying enough to merit being declared an international health emergency. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May. This agency had convened an expert committee this week to assess the severity of the ongoing epidemic in West Africa. The current outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola and the death rate has been about 50 percent."
"A man from Brampton, Ontario is being treated for Ebola-like symptoms after travelling to West Africa but doctors are warning the public not to jump to conclusions, as the presence of Ebola has not been confirmed."
"Guinea announced the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, a virus that has killed nearly 1,000 people in the three countries this year. "We have provisionally closed the frontier between Guinea and Sierra Leone because of all the news that we have received from there recently," Health Minister Rémy Lamah told a news conference, noting that Guinea had also closed its border with Liberia."
"A Saudi Arabian man who died of a heart attack on Wednesday while showing signs similar to Ebola was not infected with the virus, early test results show."
"Kenya's health officials confirmed Saturday a man who had been put in isolation with fever had tested negative for the deadly tropical disease Ebola. Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, Nicholas Muraguri told Xinhua by telephone that the passenger from Entebbe, Uganda en route to DR Congo who had been isolated earlier at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) tested negative after intensive screening."
"Researchers have revealed the Ebola outbreak currently sweeping across West Africa may have begun with the death of a two-year-old boy in December. The team of contagious disease experts traced the outbreak to the village of Guéckédou in Guinea, where a toddler died after falling ill with Ebola-like symptoms. A week after the child’s death on December 6, several members of his family including his mother and grandmother also fell ill and died."
"Liberia president apologises for high toll for Ebola health workers"
"Guinea borders with Sierra Leone, Liberia stay open"
"Sierra Leone doctor confirmed with Ebola"
"Zambia, Gambia impose new restrictions (Recasts, adds that Guinea says it has not closed its borders, contrary to an earlier announcement"
"A male passenger, who landed in Chennai from Guinea on Saturday night, has been kept under observation for suspected case of Ebola. Senior officials in the health department said the man, hailing from Theni district of Tamil Nadu, approached the health facility at the airport and asked to be checked."
Nigeria's Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khalliru Alhassan says that the "federal government has banned movement of corpses from one state of the federation to another until there a noticeable reduction in the spread of the disease."
"According to the Minister, all dead bodies would be buried wherever they die so that the chances of transporting the disease either from within or outside would be curtailed."
In Ghana: "Reports say three persons have been isolated at the Nsawam Government hospital in the Eastern Region for supposedly showing signs of the Ebola attack. MultiTV's Matilda Womegah, who visited the hospital, said blood samples of the patients have been taken for medical testing at the Noguchi Memorial Institute."
"A Nigerian man in Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus, said Chinese media. He had been placed in quarantine after he was suspected of carrying the virus."
"Test results of the Canadian citizen, who was hospitalized in Toronto with Ebola symptoms after he came back from Nigeria, showed no indication of the deadly virus, Reuters reported citing local doctors"
"A 25-year-old man who was being monitored for Ebola in an isolation ward at the Government General Hospital in Chennai was discharged on Sunday afternoon. Doctors at the hospital said the man showed no symptoms of being infected and all his vitals were normal. He was taken to his hometown in Theni district on Tamil Nadu on a 108 ambulance. The man arrived in Chennai on Saturday night from Guinea. He had approached the health facility at the airport asking to be tested for the virus."
"Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine. The quarantine is set to last for three weeks from the last exposure to someone infected in the West African Ebola outbreak, which is centred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the officials said."
"The Government of Liberia (GoL) has deployed soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) in Bomi County, one of the four counties the government had declared a no go area. In an effort to combat the fast growing Ebola virus in the country, the government declared Lofa, Bong, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties as no go area. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis G. Brown said the four counties, including Montserrado County had been identified as "intensively" affected areas by the virus."
"Rwanda’s health officials placed a patient allegedly infected with the Ebola virus in quarantine, said a statement on the website of the Rwandan government. “Today late in the afternoon, a patient at King Faisal Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms has been put in isolation as we wait for his test results,” the statement said. The results of the tests are expected within 48 hours. The suspected case is a medical student from Europe, although his nationality is not specified."
Kenya: "A passenger from Entebbe isolated earlier on Saturday at JKIA for fear of having Ebola virus has tested negative the ministry of health has announced."
"In Uganda, health officials on Friday announced a man they had isolated since Wednesday at Entebbe, suspecting he had Ebola, tested negative."
"A 31-year-old man from Mumbai who has returned from Nigeria is suspected to be infected with the deadly Ebola vius, the worst outbreak of which is raging in four countries in West Africa. The man, who was in Nigeria for some work, returned to Mumbai from West Africa after the Ebola outbreak. But soon afterwards, he began experiencing body pains and diarrhoea, and got in touch with the Health Department. "
"Mauritanian authorities on Sunday decided to deny entry to citizens from African countries hit by Ebola to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. In a statement, the Health Ministry said the decision applies to the citizens of Liberia and Seirra Leone. Mauritania stepped up health checks at its border with Senegal and Mali, a Mauritanian health ministry official said, but so far no suspicious cases had been detected."
"The Ivory Coast announced Monday that it has banned all flights from countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus. The government said in a statement that it has banned all carriers from transporting passengers from these countries. It has also suspended flights by its national airline to and from these locations."
"The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has reached 1,013 after another 52 people died in the three days to Aug. 9 in three West African countries, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The largest number of reported new deaths were in Liberia, where 29 people died, followed by 17 in Sierra Leone and six in Guinea, the WHO said in a statement on its website. The total number of cases rose to 1,848, it said."
"U.S. President Barack Obama and the Food and Drug Administration have approved a request from Liberia's government to send sample doses of an experimental drug to treat Liberian doctors infected with Ebola, the Liberian presidency said in a statement. The statement, posted on the Liberian presidency's official website, said the experimental drugs would be delivered to the West African country this week by a representative of the U.S. government, following a direct appeal to Obama on Friday by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf."
"Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization, has also authorised the dispatch of additional doses of the experimental drug to Liberia to support the treatment of affected doctors, the statement said. Those doses will be delivered by a WHO expert this week."
"A panel of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000."
"In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention," the UN's health agency said in a statement."
"Liberia will receive enough of an experimental Ebola drug to treat just two infected Liberian doctors, Information Minister Lewis Brown said, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its export. Brown said Liberia's Health Ministry had contacted the U.S. manufacturer of ZMapp, Mapp Biopharmaceutical, and asked the FDA to quickly approve its export. The doctors had consented in writing to the treatment, the minister said."
"A Spanish priest who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has died in hospital, health authorities in Madrid have confirmed. Father Miguel Parajes (75) was the first European infected by a strain of the virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa."
"Guinea-Bissau is closing its border with Guinea, one of the west African countries hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira said Tuesday, cited by AFP. "In light of information provided by the health ministry and after a series of consultations, the government of Guinea-Bissau has decided to close its southern and eastern borders" with Guinea "until further notice," Pereira told a press conference."
"The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, announced today the death of Jatto Abdulqudir, a member of its staff, from the Ebola virus. Abdulqudir is the third person in Nigeria to die of the disease, following the initial Liberian case, Patrick Sawyer, and a nurse who attended to him after he collapsed in Lagos."
"Liberia will begin to apply today an experimental vaccine against Ebola virus, said Health Minister, Walter Gwenigale."
"Officials from the Health Ministry have said that two Nigerian passengers, who were put under medical supervision at the İstanbul Atatürk Airport on suspicions that they have the Ebola virus, are suffering from malaria. The officials added that whether the passengers have the Ebola virus has not yet been determined, but the passengers are still being medically examined. A female passenger and her child from a Turkish Airlines (THY) flight traveling from Lagos, Nigeria, to İstanbul on Tuesday morning were put under medical supervision at İstanbul Atatürk Airport after they showed symptoms of fever and vomiting."
"Sidie Yayah Tunis, director of communications for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, announced that Modupeh Cole died Wednesday. The U.S.-trained Cole was one of the lead doctors working in the Ebola isolation ward in Connaught Hospital in Freetown, the capital."
"There have been 56 more deaths in a 48-hour period in West Africa's ebola outbreak, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,069."
"In the two days to August 11, there were 128 new cases, meaning a total of 1,975, according to the World Health Organisation."
"There have also been three deaths in Nigeria, following the worst-ever outbreak which began in March."
"The Federal Government on Wednesday said a total of 198 persons are currently being quarantined for the Ebola Virus Disease. It said while 177 are being quarantined in Lagos where the index case was reported, 21 persons are being attended to in Enugu."
"Maku said Enugu came into the picture because one of the nurses that treated the American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the country disobeyed medical advice and travelled to Enugu. He said all those the nurse had contacts with, including her husband, are currently being quarantined."
"Guinean President Alpha Conde late on Wednesday declared a national health emergency over Ebola virus outbreak, according to Agence France-Presse. "The World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency over Ebola. Considering that Guinea is a signatory to the WHO constitution I declare Ebola a national health emergency in Guinea," Conde said in a statement."
"Nigerian Minister for Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed that the Lagos nurse who travelled to Enugu against medical advice is now back in Lagos and is under quarantine with her husband. The suspect, identified as a nurse, said to have travelled to her home town to visit her family, is now under surveillance with 20 others she came into contact with in the city."
Nigeria's Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu gave a news briefing on the Ebola outbreak: " 'Nigeria has now recorded 10 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Out of these, four have died and eight are currently under treatment. It is important to note that the number of confirmed cases remains 10 as at today and not 11 as earlier announced this morning.' ... The fourth death recorded today was a Nigerian nurse who participated in the initial management of the index case. 'The total number of persons under surveillance in Lagos is now 169. These are all secondary contacts as all the primary contacts have completed the 21-day incubation period and have been delisted to resume their normal lives.' "
WHO released new outbreak case counts. Outbreak total: 2127 cases, 1145 deaths.
Guinea: 519 cases, 380 deaths.
Liberia: 786 cases, 413 deaths.
Sierra Leone: 810 cases, 348 deaths.
Nigeria: 12 cases, 4 deaths.
"Health Minister James Macharia said Kenya is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the countries most affected by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak. National carrier Kenya Airways also said it would suspend its flights to Freetown and Monrovia when the ban takes effect on Wednesday."
"At least 29 ebola patients have reportedly fled a treatment centre in Liberia after it was attacked by armed men. "They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled," Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack, told AFP news agency. Local residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberia confirmed the attack had taken place."
"Seventeen Ebola patients are missing after fleeing an attack on an isolation ward in Monrovia by armed youths claiming the epidemic does not exist, training the spotlight on the struggle to raise awareness in the fight against the deadly virus."
"The head of Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams, said the unit housed 29 patients who "had all tested positive for Ebola" and were receiving preliminary treatment before being taken to hospital. "Of the 29 patients, 17 fled last night (after the assault). Nine died four days ago and three others were yesterday taken by force by their relatives" from the centre, he said. "
"Cameroon has closed all its land, sea and air borders with Nigeria in a move to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus...No cases of Ebola have been recorded so far in Cameroon which shares a nearly 2,000-kilometre-long (1,240-mile) border with Nigeria, where the virus has claimed four lives with about a dozen people infected."
"Seventeen suspected Ebola patients who went missing in Liberia after a health centre in the capital was attacked have been found, a minister has said. The BBC reports: 'They were traced and finally they turned themselves in' at a treatment centre, Lewis Brown, an information minister, told the BBC. The government had previously denied they were missing...The Liberian information minister said the missing patients were now at the newly expanded treatment unit opened over the weekend at the John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in the capital, Monrovia. Mr Brown also said the health of three Liberian doctors infected with Ebola had improved after they receiving the experimental drug Zmapp."
"More than 1,200 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the current outbreak, and more than 2,200 have been sickened, the WHO said...The WHO said it is seeing some encouraging signs in other parts of West Africa. In Guinea, people from villages that had previously rejected outside help were beginning to seek medical care, according to a WHO statement. The statement said the situation is 'less alarming' in Guinea than in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Although the outbreak began in Guinea, Liberia has now recorded the highest number of deaths and Sierra Leone the most cases. The WHO also said there is 'cautious optimism' that the spread of the virus in Nigeria can be stopped. So far, all recorded cases have been linked to one man, who flew from Liberia to Nigeria while infected."
"Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum in Monrovia that is home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital. Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Security forces also will be ensuring that no one enters or leaves West Point, a slum in the capital where angry residents attacked an Ebola observation center over the weekend. Johnson-Sirleaf declared a state of emergency early this month. 'We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government,' she said. 'As a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs.' 'May God bless us all and save the state' ."
"Nigeria's toll from Ebola hit five as another death was reported, according to the local newspaper Vanguard...Nigerian doctor Ameyo Stella Adadevoh contracted the virus while treating Liberian government consultant Patrick Sawyer"
"The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials told AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma. 'She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. People from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment,' Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the hard-hit district of Kenema, told AFP. 'She got infected and died. During her funeral, women around the other towns also got infected'."
"Onyebuchi Chukwu Nigeria’s Minister of Health has said the nation may be free of Ebola within a week as the number of people being treated for the virus dropped to two. 'It will be a matter of maybe one week’s time because we have only two cases now of Ebola virus disease and both of them are in an isolation ward,' ... The country has enough equipment to contain the outbreak, Chukwu said."
"The death toll from the Ebola oubreak in West Africa has risen to 1,350, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with 106 new deaths reported between August 17-18 in three countries."
"At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. A WHO report dated Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people had contracted the disease, of whom 70 died. Five health care workers, including one doctor, are among the dead."
"As Liberia struggles to contain the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus which is new to the country, a former Liberian diplomat to France, the People's Republic of China, the United Nations, Cuba, other countries, says it is time that the Government of Liberia turns over full executive control of international efforts to fight Ebola to the international partners who have come to assist in fighting the scourge."
"Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities...Nigeria's total of confirmed infections is now 16. Five of them have died and five have recovered; the rest are being treated in isolation in Lagos, the commercial capital where Sawyer's flight landed."
"Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as other affected west African nations scrambled to contain the spread of the killer virus. After seeing people fall to the deadly disease in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 576 deaths."
WHO reports 2615 cases and 1427 deaths.
"Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of 'shadow zones' where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday."
"'We think six to nine months is a reasonable estimate,' Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security, said during a visit to Liberia, speaking of the time the agency now believes will be required to halt the epidemic."
"On Friday, the Central African country of Gabon announced it was barring all flights and ships from Ebola-stricken countries."
"Ivory Coast has closed its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia."
"'Faced with new outbreak sites and the reactivation of old sites ... the Ivorian government decides to close its land borders with sister republics Guinea and Liberia,' said a statement read on state-owned television late on Friday."
David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola stated that the UN is looking to significantly scale up their response to the outbreak.
"In parts of Liberia, WHO said, a phenomenon is occurring that has never before been seen in an Ebola outbreak. As soon as a new treatment facility is opened, it is immediately filled with patients, many of whom were not previously identified."
"'This phenomenon strongly suggests the existence of an invisible caseload of patients who are not being detected by the surveillance system,' the UN health agency said."
"WHO reiterated that it does not recommend any ban on international travel or trade. It stresses that closing borders doesn’t work and is detrimental, as affected countries will be pushed towards a humanitarian crisis and the international community’s ability to fight and reverse the Ebola outbreak will be hampered."
"Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak."
Lawmaker, Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai said "the measure was necessary to compel residents to cooperate with government officials, noting that some residents had resisted steps to combat Ebola and build isolation centers in their communities."
"The Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday confirmed its first two cases this year of Ebola but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic ravaging West Africa. 'The results are positive. The Ebola virus is confirmed in DRC,' Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi told AFP"
"Earlier this week Kabange had announced the deaths of 13 people with haemorrhagic symptoms, and had said dozens of others who had come into contact with them were being monitored."
"An expert from the World Health Organization, operating in Sierra Leone to fight against the Ebola epidemic, contracted the deadly virus, according to a statement released on Sunday by the WHO. According to a spokesman for the WHO in Geneva, the person in question is an expert in epidemiology. This is the first time, the WHO added, that a member of its teams on the field is infected with the virus. The person 'is receiving the best possible treatment,' and an evacuation to another clinic is being considered."
"Nigeria on Monday revised down the number of confirmed Ebola cases in the country to 13, including five deaths, blaming the reporting of a 14th case on a false positive."
"All five deaths from Ebola and confirmed cases have occurred in the country's financial capital, Lagos, from a single chain of transmission."
"Nigeria's health minister said on Tuesday authorities had 'thus far contained' the Ebola outbreak that started last month, with only one out of 13 confirmed cases still being treated in isolation in the commercial capital Lagos. Onyebuchi Chukwu said of the other cases that five had died and the other seven had been discharged. The remaining one was the spouse of one of the doctors who treated Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who brought the virus to Africa's most populous nation."
"A total of 13 people, including five health workers, have now died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a report by the UN. The government has said it will be quarantining the area around the town of Djera, in the northwestern jungle province of Equateur, where a high number of suspected cases has been reported."
"The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and 'continues to accelerate', the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. The epidemic in the region, the deadliest since the disease was first discovered in 1976, has killed nearly as many people as all the previous known outbreaks combined. 'More than 40 percent of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,' the United Nations health agency said in a statement."
"The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could eventually exceed 20,000 cases - more than six times the current level, the World Health Organisation says. SHARE A new study by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported."
"At least 40% of the cases have been in the last three weeks, the WHO said, adding that 'the outbreak continues to accelerate'."
"The unnamed doctor, according to news website, Sahara Reporters, secretly treated a diplomat who had contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, who brought the virus to Nigeria. The doctor reportedly died on Friday, while his wife had also taken ill and now quarantined in Port Harcourt. The diplomat treated by the doctor is still alive, the report said. The diplomat is believed to be among those who met Mr. Sawyer on his arrival in Lagos. He then flew to Port Harcourt where he took ill. He was treated at an unnamed hotel in the Rivers state capital, an official said."
"This development, if confirmed will be a big blow to Nigeria’s effort to contain the deadly virus. With only one case being treated in Lagos, the Minister of Health had declared Tuesday that Nigeria had succeeded in checkmating the spread of the virus in the country."
"The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told a news conference on Friday. The minister said the case was a Guinean national who had arrived from the neighbouring West African country, where the deadly virus was first detected in March."
"Riots broke out in Guinea's second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Cross official and residents said on Friday. A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and pistols, set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order. Gunshots were fired by the rioters and several people were injured, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Cross."
"Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning will not mean there is no Ebola in the West Point Slum. But authorities feel confident they can screen for the sick and that the community now actively fighting the disease. The slum of 50,000 people in Liberia's capital was sealed off more than a week ago, sparking unrest and leaving many without access to food or safe water."
"Health workers have gone on strike at a major Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday. 'The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid out allowances and we lack some tools,' said Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the clinic. Clothing to protect health workers being infected from the deadly virus is inadequate and there is only one broken stretcher which is used to carry both patients and corpses, he added."
"The latest data released by Guinea's health ministry shows that at least 690 Ebola cases have been confirmed in the country, out of which 460 people have died."
"A total of 143 patients were cured and discharged from treatment centers while 86 cases are still undergoing treatment in health centers. Since the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, 45 health workers have been infected with the virus and 26 of them have died while nine others are still hospitalized."
"One of the three persons taken to the Ebola virus quarantine centre in Oduoha, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, has tested positive for the disease. The latest case, an elderly woman, contracted the virus in Good Heart Hospital, the health facility where Iyke Enemuo, the doctor who treated a Nigerian ECOWAS diplomat, Koye Olu-Ibukun, died last week."
"According to him, as of August 31, 2014, the total number of cases of EVD in Nigeria stood at 17 while the total number of cases treated at the isolation ward in Lagos State is 14. Also, the total number of those discharged is seven while the total number of deaths among those treated in Lagos is five. The total number currently under treatment in Lagos is two. Chukwu said the three confirmed cases not treated in Lagos comprised Olu-Ibukun, Enemuo and the elderly woman in Port Harcourt."
"Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the West African nation. John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)", the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases. 'From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs,' he said."
"Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The university student is Senegal's first case of the dreaded disease. The 21-year-old left Guinea on Aug. 15, just days after his brother died of the disease, according to Guinea's Health Ministry. It said that the brother apparently caught Ebola in Sierra Leone. The student travelled by road, crossing into Senegal despite a border closure. He arrived in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, on Aug. 20, according to the World Health Organization, and was staying with relatives on the outskirts of the city. The agency said that on Aug. 23, he went to a medical facility seeking treatment for fever, diarrhea and vomiting -- all symptoms of Ebola but also many other diseases. But he concealed from doctors that he had had contact with infected people. He was treated instead for malaria and continued to stay with his relatives before turning up at a Dakar hospital on Aug. 26. Senegal's Health Ministry said Sunday that it has since traced everyone the student came into contact with, and they are being examined twice a day."
Death toll from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Cong) has increased from 13 to 31, an advisor to the minister of health said Tuesday. 'The official account was 13 deaths, and then we add the 18 deaths, giving us a total of 31 deaths,' said Dr. Shodu Lomani to Xinhua. The Ebola outbreak was recorded in Djera, a remote region in the country's northwest province of Equateur. The government has banned travels out of the affected region by any one who may show signs of the Ebola virus disease, said Lomani. It was the DR Congo's seventh Ebola outbreak, which the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) said has no links with the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa."
"The sister of late Dr Iyke Enemuo who died of the Ebola virus in Port Harcourt has been sent to the Ebola quarantine centre in Emohua local government area, Rivers state. Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Dr Sampson Parker who made this known Monday said she had to be sent there because she showed symptoms of the disease, adding that result of the Ebola test done on her would be released later in the day."
Dr. Sampson Parker went on to say: "'Sister of Dr Iyke Enemuo who went to Abia State, we have brought her back. She is symptomanic and we have sent her to the quarantined centre. The three cases we had at the quarantine centre, two tested negative while one, an elderly lady who was in the same room with the late Dr Enemuo at the hospital where he was admitted tested positive. The two cases who tested negative were the doctor and Pharmacist at the late Dr Enemuo hospital. They have Left the quarantine centre but we are still watching them within the 21 days period.',"
"Nigeria will soon get a Japanese drug to treat Ebola, the country’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said on Monday. The drug named Favipiravir and developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings in Japan, could be delivered anytime soon in Nigeria, Xinhua quoted Chukwu as telling reporters here. Apart from the Japanese drug, the west African country had also applied for another anti-Ebola drug alongside two other vaccines which have been positively identified by the local Treatment Research Group (TRG) in Nigeria. 'The TRG has been working hard to identify experimental drugs like Zmapp, and also make recommendations to government on further research on these drugs as well as vaccines for EVD treatment and prevention,' Chukwu said. The Nigerian minister said the drug was considered as it has strong anti-viral property against Ebola virus in-vitro and in-vivo. 'These and the fact that it is considered safe, having passed through phases one and two clinical trails makes it good candidate drug for use in emergency situation as the EVD,' he added."
"Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labor shortages are putting the upcoming harvest season at serious risk, FAO warned today. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, quarantine zones and restrictions on people's movement aimed at combating the spread of the virus, although necessary, have seriously curtailed the movement and marketing of food. This has lead to panic buying, food shortages and significant food price hikes on some commodities, especially in urban centers, according to a special alert issued today by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS)."
"The CDC director said it was upsetting during his visit to see the shortage of hospital beds and the lack of a rapid response needed to prevent a single cluster of Ebola from becoming a large outbreak. There is widespread transmission in Liberia and strong signs it will happen in Sierra Leone in the near future, he said. 'World is losing the battle' Frieden said more resources, expertise and a unified response are needed. 'The number of cases is increasing so quickly that for every day's delay it becomes that much harder to stop it'."
"In a speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders, denounced the lack of deployment of resources to address the outbreak, which the group says has overstretched ministries of health and private non-governmental organizations. 'Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it' "
"A third American missionary has been infected with Ebola while working in Liberia and is being treated in an isolation unit in the Monrovia hospital where he works. The man, a doctor, was treating obstetrics patients, not Ebola patients. He is the second missionary working for SIM USA, a Charlotte, N.C.-based Christian organization, to contract the deadly disease. It isn't known how the doctor was infected, SIM USA said in a statement Tuesday. He isolated himself as soon as he felt symptoms and "is doing well and is in good spirits," the organization said."
"The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, was thrown into panic yesterday, following the admission of two patients suspected to be infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) into the hospital. One of the patients later died after reportedly showing symptoms of the deadly disease."
"Results from virus characterization, together with findings from the epidemiological investigation, are definitive: the outbreak in DRC is a distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in west Africa."
"The response team has, to date, identified 53 cases consistent with the case definition for Ebola virus disease, including 31 deaths. Seven of these deaths were among health care workers. More than 160 contacts are being traced."
"The 19-year old law student of the Ahmadu Bello University [ABU] suspected to manifest some symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease [EVD] has tested negative to the virus. Authorities of ABU and the Kaduna State Government had sent the patient’s blood to Lagos for testing after he reportedly manifested some symptoms associated with Ebola while on admission at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital [ABUTH]."
"Nigeria now has 18 Ebola cases, after a fourth case surfaced in Port Harcourt, home to Africa's biggest oil and gas industry, the health minister said on Wednesday. The Ebola outbreak in Africa's most populous country began on July 20 when a Liberian man with the disease collapsed at Lagos airport, spreading the virus to the hospital staff who treated him. A man who had travelled with him then skipped quarantine and travelled to Port Harcourt, bringing the disease there. A doctor died in the oil city last week. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said a patient he had treated had also now died. A total of 255 people were under surveillance in Port Harcourt, while 41 were in Lagos."
"Guinea's government said on Wednesday that Ebola had spread to a previously unaffected region of the country, as U.S. experts warned that the worst ever outbreak of the deadly virus was spiralling out of control in West Africa. Guinea, the first country to detect the haemorrhagic fever in March, had said it was containing the outbreak but authorities announced that nine new cases had been found in the southeastern prefecture of Kerouane. The area, some 750 km (470 miles) southeast of the capital Conakry, lies close to where the virus was first detected deep in Guinea's forest region."
Nigerian Commisioner for Health, Mr. Okechukwu Ogah said that the Abia State Government will "'work with neighbouring states to track down the 50 people that were said to have fled from Rivers State and put them on surveillance. We need to work together to rid Nigeria of Ebola; and if there is anybody hiding in Abia we will ask for their names and announce them on air for the public to help us track them.'"
"Total number of confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria is now eighteen (18). The 18th confirmed case is the sister of the late Port Harcourt doctor."
"Total number of cases successfully managed and discharged is now eight (8). The last case to be discharged, the first secondary contact to be diagnosed and a spouse of a primary contact of the index case, went home from the isolation ward in Lagos yesterday. (The 9th survivor is the ECOWAS Commission official who jumped surveillance in Lagos and travelled to Port Harcourt where he infected the doctor who attended to him)."
"Total number of deaths from Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria is now seven (7). One (1), the index case, occurred in a private hospital in Lagos, four (4) in the Lagos isolation ward, one (1) in the Port Harcourt isolation ward (the female patient who was on admission in the same hospital where the late Port Harcourt doctor was also admitted), while another one (1) was the doctor who was infected by the ECOWAS Commission official in Port Harcourt and who did not come under the care and management of the Incident Management Committee."
"Total number of EVD patients currently under treatment is two (2), one in the Lagos isolation ward and another one (1) in the Port Harcourt isolation ward."
"Total number of contacts currently under surveillance in Lagos is forty one (41), while Port Harcourt has two hundred and fifty five (255)."
"Total number of contacts discharged in Lagos after they were observed for 21 days is 320. The minister also debunked rumours of EVD cases outside Lagos and Port Harcourt. These include the three (3) reported cases in the Federal Capital Territory and one case in Calabar."
"A Nigerian doctor with Ebola carried on treating patients and met scores of friends, relatives and medics before his death, leaving about 60 of them at high risk of infection, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. The doctor, who has not been named, operated on two patients, according to the WHO."
"The doctor, whom the WHO did not name, was infected by a man who fled quarantine in Lagos, who was himself linked to the first case in Africa's most populous country, a Liberian man who sought treatment in Lagos. Doctor with Ebola operated on two patients: WHO The doctor's wife and one of his patients had since caught the deadly disease and 200 people who came into contact with him were being monitored for symptoms including fever and muscle pain, followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, the WHO said. Of these, around 60 are considered to have had high-risk or very high-risk exposure, it said. Two days after developing the symptoms on August 11, he went on treating patients at his private clinic and operated on two of them, the WHO statement said. 'Prior to hospitalisation, the physician had numerous contacts with the community, as relatives and friends visited his home to celebrate the birth of a baby,'"
"An Ebola outbreak in Nigeria's oil producing hub of Port Harcourt could spread wider and faster than in the financial capital, Lagos, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday (Sep 4). The UN health body said the virus' arrival in Port Harcourt, 435 kilometres (270 miles) east of Lagos and home to oil and gas majors such as Shell, Total and Chevron, showed 'multiple high-risk opportunities for transmission of the virus to others'. Of the 255 people currently under surveillance for signs of the disease, the WHO said 60 were considered to have had 'high-risk or very high-risk exposure'."
"The Liberian Government has announced that confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola casualties in the country reach 1,015."
"According to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation's Wednesday update, 1,146 cases have been reported and 399 people have died. Over 80 per cent of those who have died are from Kenema and Kailahun districts."
"The Liberian health ministry says cumulative suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases for the period May 29 to September 1 now stands at 1,763."
"According to the report, the total number of patients discharged as of September 1 remains at 25. At the same time, Liberia’s case fatality rate in confirmed and probable Ebola incidence stands at 61.5 percent. Case fatality rate is the proportion of deaths within a designated population of cases over the course of a prevailing disease."
"Patients as well as visitors and workers deserted the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta State capital [Nigeria] on Thursday, following the rushing to the hospital of a suspected patient who manifested symptoms of the dreaded Ebola Virus."
"A third U.S. health missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia left the West African country's capital on Thursday in a plane headed for the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the Christian organization SIM USA said. Dr. Rick Sacra, a 51-year-old Boston physician, is the latest worker for SIM USA to be infected with the virus that has killed more than 1,900 people."
"After convening a two-day meeting of more than 200 experts to figure out which experimental Ebola treatments should be used first, the WHO said survivor's blood could be used immediately, tapping into the thousands of people who have survived the virus which has about a 50 percent death rate and no licensed treatments. 'We have to change the sense that there is no hope,' Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, a WHO assistant director-general, said during a press conference on Friday. The evidence for whether blood from survivors can help Ebola patients is mixed."
"Though Ebola clinics in West Africa are understaffed and often lack basic supplies, some said it is theoretically possible to offer the blood of survivors now. Experts believe the antibodies in the blood of people who have survived Ebola might help other patients stave off the virus long enough for their own immune systems to respond."
"Delta State government has debunked story making the rounds that a patient died of Ebola disease in the state at the Eku Specialist Hospital, Eku. In a statement by Chike Ogeah, Delta commissioner for information, he said the story is completely false, noting that a diabetic woman who had earlier been undergoing treatment at Eku Specialist Hospital returned from a visit to Port Harcourt and reported at the hospital where she unfortunately died."
"The state government thereby assured all residents that there is no Ebola patient in the state."
"Sierra Leone will impose a four-day, countrywide "lockdown" starting Sept. 18, an escalation of efforts to halt the spread of Ebola across the West African nation, a senior official in the president's office said on Friday. Citizens will not be allowed to leave their homes between Sept. 18-21 in a bid to prevent the disease from spreading further and allow health workers to identify cases in the early stages of the illness, said Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, a presidential advisor on the country's Ebola task force. 'The aggressive approach is necessary to deal with the spread of Ebola once and for all,' he told Reuters."
"One in 10 health-care workers treating Ebola patients in West Africa is becoming infected with the disease, the World Health Organization announced in Geneva Friday in an international media teleconference at the conclusion of an emergency meeting on the outbreak."
"The death toll in the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone totaled 2,097 as at Sept 5, out of 3,944 cases. A further eight people have died in Nigeria and there is 1 confirmed case in Senegal. That puts the death toll at a total of 2,105 and the number of patients infected so far at 3,968."
"The deadly Ebola virus has claimed the lives of 134 health workers in West Africa, mostly doctors and nurses, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said Friday. The total number of infected health workers is as high as 256, he said, while stressing the need to bolster the already inadequate number of medical personnel in the countries hit by the virus, which has a high mortality rate."
"Sierra Leone's proposed countrywide "lockdown" will not help control an Ebola outbreak and could lead to the disease spreading further as cases are concealed, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday."
"'It has been our experience that lockdowns and quarantines do not help control Ebola as they end up driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers,' said the group. 'This leads to the concealment of potential cases and ends up spreading the disease further,' added the group which has been helping fight the world's biggest outbreak of the disease across West Africa."
"Sierra Leone's deputy information minister, Theo Nichol, said on Saturday the three-day shutdown would make it easier for medical workers to trace suspected cases. Nichol said the period may be extended if needed. A presidency official had earlier said the lockdown would last for four days. But MSF said door-to-door screening required a high level of expertise and, even when cases were found, there were a lack of treatment centres and other facilities to take them to."
"Saudi Arabia has no plan to ban some 70,000 Nigerian pilgrims from performing Haj this year because of Ebola virus cases that have surfaced in the West African country, a senior Saudi health official said."
"According to sources, one Police officer serving the Police Support Unit (PSU) contracted the virus and is currently undergoing treatment at the ELWA Ebola center. One senior Police source confirmed to FrontPageAfrica that the officer is in critical condition at the Ebola treatment center. The Police officer is said to have contracted the virus from his wife who is a nurse, who transferred the virus to her husband after also getting infested from work. The health of the PSU officer prompted the quarantining of Bloc C of the Police barracks where accordingly the 18 Police officers are residing."
"The governments of Sierra Leone and Liberia have begun to release regular updates on the number of Ebola cases and Ebola-related death in their nations. These reports provide data which is more current than that released by the World Health Organization. As of Sept. 7, Sierra Leone is reporting 1,409 suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola illnesses and 474 deaths. The latest report from Liberia on Sept. 6 shows 2,038 Ebola cases and 1,213 related deaths. Across the five countries in West Africa reporting Ebola cases, the total using the Sept. 5 WHO Ebola situation report, as well as the local reports, there have been 4,282 illnesses since the outbreak began in March and 2,212 Ebola deaths."
"Border closures, flight bans and mass quarantines are creating a sense of siege in the West African countries affected by Ebola, officials at an emergency African Union meeting said Monday, as Senegal agreed to allow humanitarian aid pass through its closed borders."
"The largest Ebola outbreak ever has killed more than 2,000 people and public health officials say it is out of control. But they have criticized some of the more extreme efforts to slow the disease's spread, saying that border closures have hampered the response by holding up shipments of aid. They have also noted that, in a highly mobile region like West Africa with several unofficial border crossings, closing frontiers is usually ineffective."
"The Ebola virus is spreading fast in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases are expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health Organisation said on Monday. 'Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially,' WHO said in a statement. The organisation noted that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are 'a hot source of potential virus transmission' because they are not disinfected in Liberia, where conventional Ebola control measures 'are not having an adequate impact'."
"Lagos has recorded yet another Ebola case, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, disclosed today September 8, through his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dan Nwomeh. Dan took to twitter to share some of the statements the minister made during a press conference held earlier today. The new confirmed case is the fiance of one of the primary contacts of the index case, Patrick Sawyer. However, the primary contact had made a full recovery. The new case brings the total number of Ebola cases in Nigeria to 19 with seven people dead from the disease while 10 others have recovered, the minister said. He noted that with the latest developments, the total number of people under surveillance in Lagos have reduced to 27 while Port Harcourt has 477."
"Attendees of an emergency meeting of the African Union (A.U.)'s executive council held to address Africa's recent Ebola outbreak have agreed to lift a ban on the cross-border movement of people among member states. 'We have agreed that countries allow people to move,' Ncosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the A.U. Commission, told reporters on Monday. Meeting participants also recommended that member states put screening mechanisms in place as a means of containing the deadly virus. No timetable has been given, however, for lifting the ban on cross-border movement."
"The outbreak sweeping West Africa is thought to have killed more than 2,200 people, and public health experts agree that it is out of control. More than 4,200 people have believed to have been sickened in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The disease is spreading particularly quickly in Liberia, where new WHO figures showed that more than 500 new cases were recorded in a week."
"Sierra Leone has announced plans to visit every home in the country of six million to track down people with Ebola and remove dead bodies. More than 20,000 volunteers will go door-to-door as part of a three-day curfew announced on Saturday, Steven Ngaoja, the head of the country’s Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, told a news conference in Freetown. ‘From September 19 to 21, every household in the country will be visited. About 21,400 trained volunteers will be involved in the house-to-house sensitisation activity,’ Ngaoja said on Monday. ‘Likely Ebola cases will be identified or dead bodies will be referred to contact tracing, referral or burial teams.’"
"Liberia's national existence is "seriously threatened" by the deadly Ebola virus that is "spreading like wild fire and devouring everything in its path," the country's national defense minister told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. Liberia is worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic and will likely see thousands of new cases in coming weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. More than 1,000 people have already died in Liberia. "Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence. The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the normal functioning of our State," said Liberian Minister of National Defense Brownie Samukai."
"The world's worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever has killed at least 2,296 people, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Senegalese authorities are still monitoring 67 people who came into contact with the Guinean student and trying to trace his route on the more than 1,000-km land journey across the border from southwest Guinea. Some 33 people have been placed under quarantine in the house in the teeming neighbourhood of Parcelles Assainies where he stayed with an uncle after arriving in Dakar in late August."
"The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the Ebola death toll increased by 200 in just a day, bringing the total number of dead to at least 2,296. As of Sept. 6, 4,293 cases have been recorded in five West African nations. But the WHO is having trouble compiling data on cases, especially in the nation of Liberia, which health officials say is the worst affected country. The U.N. health organization said they expect thousands of new cases in Liberia in the next three weeks."
"Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu on Wednesday said that there is no new cases of Ebola Virus Disease in the country as a Ile-ife case has been quarantined and being investigated. The minister in a press statement signed by his media aide Mr. Dan Nwomeh said the number of people under surveillance in Lagos had reduced drastically to 16 with 400 in Port Harcourt. He said: 'There are no new cases of Ebola at present, there is no single current case of confirmed EVD in Nigeria. However, a suspected case of EVD from Ile-Ife, a university student who had contact with the late Port Harcourt doctor at a naming ceremony in Port Harcourt has been quarantined and is being investigated'."
"Epidemiological situation Between 2 and 9 September 2014, there have been 31 more cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), increasing the cumulative number of cases to 62 (14 confirmed, 26 probable, and 22 probable). In total, 35 deaths have been reported (9 confirmed and 26 probable). No deaths have been reported among suspected cases. Nine health-care workers have been diagnosed with EVD, including 7 deaths. All the cases have been localized in Jeera county. The affected villages are Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende, and Boende Muke. Currently, 9 cases have been hospitalized: 4 in Lokolia; 2 in Watsikengo; 2 in Boende; and 1 in Boende Moke. A total of 386 contacts have been listed and 239 contacts have been followed-up. All cases and contacts are linked to the initial index case reported to the World Health Organization on 26 August 2014."
"The effective reproduction number, Rt, of Ebola virus disease was estimated using country-specific data reported from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to the World Health Organization from March to August, 2014. Rt for the three countries lies consistently above 1.0 since June 2014. Country-specific Rt for Liberia and Sierra Leone have lied between 1.0 and 2.0. Rt<2 indicate that control could be attained by preventing over half of the secondary transmissions per primary case."
"Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care workers. Dr. Olivet Buck died late Saturday, hours after the World Health Organization said it could not help medically evacuate her to Germany, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo confirmed to The Associated Press. Sierra Leone had requested funds from WHO to transport Buck to Europe, saying the country could not afford to lose another doctor. WHO had said that it could not meet the request but instead would work to give Buck "the best care possible" in Sierra Leone, including possible access to experimental drugs."
Media reported case counts:
Guinea: 936 cases; Sierra Leone: 1602 cases; Liberia: 2407 cases
"US President Barack Obama has announced new support measures that will be put in place to help combat the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He said the spread of the disease was "spiralling out of control" and posed a potential threat to global security. Mr Obama confirmed plans to send US troops to the region and new teaching and treatment units to Liberia. The announcement was made after Mr Obama met officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta."
"At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday."
"The outbreak sweeping West Africa has also touched Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, and is believed to have sickened more than 5,300, according to figures released by the World Health Organization on Thursday. In a sign that the outbreak is picking up steam, more than 700 of those cases were recorded in the last week for which data is available."
"In an attempt to slow the outbreak and identify the sick in hiding, Sierra Leone's 6 million people must stay home starting Thursday at midnight, except for thousands of volunteers who will go house-to-house delivering bars of soap and information about how to prevent Ebola."
"Authorities have said they also expect to discover hundreds of new cases during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday exercise. Many people during this outbreak have not sought treatment for Ebola out of fear that hospitals are merely places people go to die. Still others have been turned away by centres overwhelmed by the increasing number of patients. Sierra Leone's government says it has prepared screening and treatment centres to accept the expected influx of patients after the shutdown."
Total (West African) case count reported by WHO: 5335 cases, 2622 deaths.
Number of newly reported cases in Guinea has not increased, however the Situation Report states: "there is no indication of a sustained reduction in case incidence in Guinea".
Number of newly reported cases in Liberia continues to rise, reclassifications of cases continues: "new figures will be published soon, and will reflect significant improvements in data collection, and therefore provide a more accurate understanding of the situation".
Over 200 newly reported cases in Sierra Leone in the past week: "Transmission remains high in the capital, Freetown, and the surrounding urban areas".
"As at 15 September 2014, there have been 71 cases (53 confirmed and probable, 18 suspected) of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In total, 40 deaths have been reported. 11% of cases have occurred among health-care workers have been diagnosed with EVD."
"A spokesman for the government in Guinea said on Thursday that eight bodies were found two days after a group of health workers and journalists went missing in the country. The journalists and officials came under attack near the southern city of Nzerekore, close to the Liberian border. One journalist was able to escape and later told reporters that she could hear villagers looking for her. The Associated Press said that the group "was doing disinfection and education on prevention methods" when it went missing. Doctors and researchers trying to contain the Ebola outbreak, which is deadlier than all previous outbreaks combined, have run up against a population deeply suspicious of medical personnel. Last month, riots broke out in the same Guinean city over rumors that health care workers were infecting people with the virus."
"The U.N. Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in Africa a 'threat to international peace and security' and called on all states to provide urgent resources and assistance to help tackle the crisis. The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that also calls on states 'to lift general travel and border restrictions, imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and that contribute to the further isolation of the affected countries and undermine their efforts to respond.'"
"A three-day curfew or lockdown to try to stop the spread of the Ebola virus has come into effect in Sierra Leone. The aim of the move is to keep people confined to their homes while health workers isolate new cases and prevent Ebola from spreading further."
"The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been strongly critical of the lockdown, arguing that ultimately it will help spread the disease. MSF, whose staff are helping to tackle the outbreak, said in a statement this month that quarantines and lockdowns 'end up driving people underground and jeopardising the trust between people and health providers'. 'This leads to the concealment of potential cases and ends up spreading the disease further.'"
"Senegal's health minister said on Friday there was no further risk of Ebola spreading in the West African country, following the end of a quarantine period for those who came into contact with an infected Guinean man. 'The risk of the Ebola virus spreading from the imported case is non-existent for our country,' Awa Marie Coll Seck told a news conference."
"The top U.S. Army officer says thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims."
"Gen. Ray Odierno says the disease has accelerated faster than initially thought, so the U.S. needs to get people on the ground and ramp up numbers quickly. President Barack Obama has pledged 3,000 troops, and the U.S. military commander and a small team have arrived in Liberia to do initial assessments."
"Before troops are sent in, Odierno says the Army needs to make sure they are prepared to operate in that environment, which includes health care safety. The military units expected to deploy have not been identified."
"Health workers in Sierra Leone have come under attack while trying to bury the bodies of five Ebola victims east of the capital, a police official said. Sgt. Edward Momoh Brima Lahai said there was a confrontation Saturday between a group of youths and the burial team in the Waterloo district. A witness told state television the burial team initially had to abandon the five bodies in the street and flee. Lahai said the burial was successfully completed after police reinforcements arrived. Sierra Leone is in the middle of an unprecedented three-day lockdown intended to stop the spread of Ebola. Stephen Gauja, co-ordinator of an emergency operations centre in the capital, said Saturday that residents were "largely compliant" with health care workers and volunteers who distributed soap and information about the deadly disease."
"Sierra Leone wrapped up its 72-hour shutdown on Sunday, with authorities reporting that the action aimed at containing the Ebola epidemic had uncovered up to 70 dead bodies in and around the capital. Most of the west African country's six million people were confined to their homes for a third straight day, with only essential workers such as health professionals and security forces exempt."
"Deputy Chief Medical Officer Sarian Kamara revealed that the authorities had received thousands of calls but only a handful of new patients in the Western Area covering Freetown and its surroundings. 'We were... able to confirm new cases which, had they not been discovered, would have greatly increased transmission,' she said. 'Up to this morning, we had 22 new cases.'"
"The Ebola epidemic plaguing Djera, in the Equateur province northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo is on the verge of being contained, government spokesman Lambert Mende claimed. Speaking after Saturday’s cabinet meeting held in Kinshasa under the leadership of President Joseph Kabila, Mr. Mende said some success has been registered by the Congolese government and its partners to contain the epidemic where it was first detected 1200 km from the capital with a reduced infection rate. Over the past ten days, no new cases of Ebola have been detected in Djera, Mende noted."
"A three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone aimed at stemming the worst Ebola epidemic on record has identified at least 56 new infections, but has not reached everyone in the country and is likely to be extended, a senior official said on Sunday. Stephen Gaojia, head of the Emergency Operations Centre which leads the Ebola response, also said 92 bodies had been recovered across the country by the end of Saturday, the second day of the emergency measure."
"As Liberians battle the Ebola virus, the epidemic continues to spread throughout the country with Grand Bassa County is the latest political subdivision to be hit. The county superintendent, Madam Etweda Cooper, told a group of journalists over the weekend in Buchanan, Grand Bassa that her county is experiencing tough times with the virus. Supt. Cooper has said since the outbreak in July to present, the county has recorded 27 deaths, 43 confirmed cases, 281 contacts and 16 patients with barely three survivals."
"Two of the five countries affected by the world's worst ever Ebola outbreak are managing to halt the spread of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday, although the overall death toll rose to 2,793 out of 5,762 cases. "On the whole, the outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria are pretty much contained," a WHO statement said. There were no new deaths in Guinea, four in Sierra Leone and 39 in Liberia. A separate Ebola outbreak has killed 40 people in Democratic Republic of Congo, where there have been 71 cases, it said in a statement on the situation as of Sept. 18."
"5843 (probable, confirmed and suspected; see Annex 2) cases and 2803 deaths have been reported in the current outbreak of EVD as at 20 September 2014 by the Ministry of Health of Guinea, as at 17 September 2014 by the Ministry of Health of Liberia, and as at 19 September 2014 by the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone"
"Exposure of health-care workers (HCWs) to EVD continues to be an alarming feature of this outbreak. As of 22 September 2014, 348 HCWs are known to have developed EVD (67 in Guinea, 174 in Liberia, 11 in Nigeria, and 96 in Sierra Leone). 186 HCWs have died as a result of EVD infection (35 in Guinea, 85 in Liberia, 5 in Nigeria, and 61 in Sierra Leone)."
"As at 18 September 2014, there have been 68 cases (28 confirmed, 26 probable, 14 suspected) of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including eight among health-care workers (HCWs). In total, 41 deaths have been reported, including eight among HCWs. 432 contacts have now completed 21-day follow-up. Of 488 contacts currently being monitored, 468 (96%) were seen on 18 September, the last date for which data has been reported."
"An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa, is "almost over" with no new cases detected for several days, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said. The government body coordinating the response to Ebola released data on Monday showing Congo had recorded 68 cases in Equateur province since August. Four previously suspected cases had tested negative, but one new case was added. Congo has registered 41 deaths from its outbreak. "Ebola outbreak in DRC almost over," Matata Ponyo said on his official Twitter account. "No new case recorded for nearly 10 days." Unlike West African states, Congo has experience fighting Ebola. However, aid workers are likely to be cautious about declaring victory over the disease after governments in West Africa appeared to downplay the threat of the virus there in the early stages of the outbreak."
"If the world doesn't get the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control quickly, the disease could become a permanent fixture in the region, spreading as routinely as malaria or the flu, the World Health Organization warns today in a new report. In the worst-case scenario – if nothing is done to effectively control the outbreak -- there could be 1.4 million Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone by January 20, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
"A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa's current outbreak. One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in Tuesday's attack in Forecariah, according to Benoit Carpentier, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Family members of the dead initially set upon the six volunteers and vandalized their cars, said Mariam Barry, a resident. Eventually a crowd gathered and headed to the regional health office, where they threw rocks at the building. The attack is the most recent in a series that have plagued teams working to bury bodies, provide information about Ebola and disinfect public places."
"Sierra Leone said on Wednesday around 100 bodies and 200 patients had been collected from homes during its three-day lockdown to stem the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa. Almost six million people across the country were confined indoors for 72 hours from Friday while 28,000 volunteers went door-to-door, giving out advice and identifying new suspected cases and deaths that had been kept from the authorities. 'Over 92 bodies were discovered nationwide during the three-day lockdown of the country,' Karamoh Kabbah, the deputy minister for political affairs, told a news conference in the capital Freetown. He said 77 of the bodies had been collected in the Western Area, a division including the city of 1.2 million and its immediate surroundings. 'Over 200 suspected cases were identified… of which, so far, 130 have been confirmed positive,' he added."
"The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recorded no new cases of the Ebola virus in the past 12 days, a local official said on Tuesday, suggesting that the efforts to contain the outbreak have been successful. Nason Kabuya Ndowole, mayor of the eastern city of Goma, added that it was too early to assess whether the Ebola threat was over. Ebola cases in the DRC had previously been reported every 1-5 days, and the virus's incubation period - the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms - is between 2 and 21 days, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Earlier this month, the WHO reported that the number of suspected and confirmed Ebola infections in the DRC had doubled to 62 in a week's time."
"Nigeria has cleared all patients under surveillance for the Ebola virus, the federal health ministry said on Wednesday. 'There is nobody again under surveillance for the Ebola virus in any part of Nigeria. All those under surveillance have completed their mandatory 21-day period stipulated by the WHO,' ministry's spokesman Dan Nwomeh told AFP, referring to the World Health Organization. But 42 days, the total of two incubation periods, must elapse before a country can be declared free of the disease, according to the WHO."
New WHO case counts released: 6263 cases; 2917 deaths.
"The upward epidemic trend continues in Sierra Leone and most probably also in Liberia. However, the situation in Guinea, although still of grave concern, appears to have stabilized: between 75 and 100 new confirmed cases have been reported in each of the past five weeks."
Liberia: "Notably, there were no new reported confirmed cases from the capital, Monrovia, which in previous weeks has reported a surge in cases. These data differ from credible reports obtained from responders in Liberia, who indicate a deterioration of the situation in the country, and in Monrovia in particular."
Sierra Leone: "Nationally, the situation in Sierra Leone continues to deteriorate, with an increase in the number of new confirmed cases reported over each of the past five weeks. The increase is driven primarily by a sharp increase in the number of newly reported cases in the capital, Freetown. The neighbouring districts of Port Loko, Bombali, and Moyamba have also reported increases in the numbers of cases over the past four to five weeks. The numbers of newly reported cases in Kailahun and Kenema, which have previously been stable or slowly declining, have fallen over the past week, though further investigation will be required to confirm whether this fall is genuine. Cases and deaths found during the three-day house-to-house Ebola sensitization campaign, which came to an end on 21 September, are not yet included in official data."
Healthcare worker infection and and death continues to rise, with the largest jump seen in Sierra Leone. Healthcare worker case counts for Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria stand at 373 cases and 208 deaths.
"The spread of Ebola seems to have stabilised in Guinea, one of three West African states worst-hit by the disease, but a lack of beds and resistance in affected communities means its advance continues elsewhere, the World Health Organisation said."
"Sierra Leone has ordered the quarantine "with immediate effect" of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms - affecting more than one million people - in the largest lockdown in west Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak. President Ernest Bai Koroma, in a national televised address late Wednesday, announced that the northern districts of Port Loko and Bombali were to be closed off along with the southern district of Moyamba - effectively sealing off around 1.2 million people."
"With the eastern districts of Kenema and Kailahun already under quarantine, more than a third of the population, in five of the nation's 14 districts, now finds itself unable to move freely. "The isolation of districts and chiefdoms will definitely pose great difficulty but the lives of everyone and the survival of our country takes precedence over these difficulties," Koroma said."
"A 35-year-old man in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, has tested Ebola positive, making it the first case in the county since the outbreak of the disease in the country in March. The man...was showing signs and symptoms of the disease when the Grand Gedeh County Health Team (CHT) picked him up from the Zwedru Central Market last Friday. In a brief interview with the Liberia News Agency Wednesday, the Coordinator of the CHT, Netus Nowena, said the man migrated from Ganta, Nimba County to Grand Gedeh County following the death of nine of his family members from the disease early this month. According to Nowena, the health team was taking the man to Gbarnga, Bong County for treatment when they observed that he was showing signs and symptoms of the virus, adding that he later tested positive for the disease. According to Nowena, the 36 people who were at the holding center for 21 days of observation have been released without any signs or symptoms of Ebola."
"Reports coming from the Central Province of Bong County say there were 36 new suspected Ebola cases in the County last week. This was disclosed by the head of the Bong County Ebola Response task force Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy last Thursday. Out the number, 21 died, she said. Superintendent Mappy also disclosed that four persons out of the number of confirmed cases that were treated at the Ebola Testing Unit have also died."
"The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of 6,574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Liberia has recorded 1,830 deaths, around three times as many as both Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two other most affected countries, according to WHO data. Nigeria and Senegal, the two other nations that have had confirmed cases of Ebola in the region, did not record any new cases or deaths."
"Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said Friday his country will lift the controversial suspension of flights to countries stricken by the Ebola virus to show solidarity with the nations affected by the lethal outbreak."
"Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola."
"With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn. The already impoverished west African state was on the slow road to recovery after 14 years of ruinous civil war ended in 2003, following the deaths of 250,000 people. But Information Minister Lewis Brown recently warned that the epidemic, which has left more than 1,800 dead so far this year, risks plunging Liberians back into conflict. Many observers of the country's latest devastating crisis, while stopping short of talk of war, worry about the heightened risk of unrest in a country stalked by death."
"Several police stations in Monrovia have closed after officers died of Ebola fever, and a military camp on the outskirts of Monrovia has reported around 30 sick soldiers, according to a diplomat."
"The health system – embryonic at best before the crisis, with some 50 doctors and 1,000 nurses for 4.3 million people – has been hit hard, losing 89 health workers out of 184 infected, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)."
"Schools have been closed for months with no reopening date in sight, and unemployment is soaring as both the formal and black-market economies collapse."
CDC released new outbreak update for West Africa: "The updated data in this report were compiled from ministry of health situation reports and World Health Organization (WHO) sources."
"The highest reported case counts were from Liberia (3,458 cases), Sierra Leone (2,021), and Guinea (1,074)."
"Geographic distribution of the cumulative incidence of Ebola, as of September 23, indicates that the highest cumulative incidence (>100 cases per 100,000 population) was found in five districts in Guinea (Boffa, Dubreka, Gueckedou, Macenta, and Telimele), two districts in Liberia (Loffa and Margibi), and two districts in Sierra Leone (Kailahun and Kenema)"
CDC released a report on the control measures used in the outbreak in Nigeria.
"Applying lessons from its NCDC and successful polio EOC, Nigeria quickly established a National Ebola EOC after importation of the disease on July 20, 2014. The early use of the EOC/IMS system enabled the country to streamline a coordinated and effective response in Lagos, (pop. 21 million) and to expand that response to Port Harcourt, another large city. As of September 24, a total of 894 contacts in three states had been monitored, and 20 confirmed or probable Ebola cases identified, of whom eight died. No new cases had occurred since August 31, suggesting that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might have been contained."
CDC releasted a report on the control measures used in the imported case in Senegal. Please see report for full timeline of events.
The dark color shows real cases and the light color shows projected.
These projections do not consider under-reporting. They model only what we might expect to see among cases reported to the WHO.