WHO: Ebola outbreak “continues to accelerate”

Death toll passes 1,550 as Ebola outbreak accelerates, officials say

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, August 28, 2014

The WHO issued a “road map” Thursday that “responds to the urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response” in light of the acceleration of new cases, it said. It aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months and prevent its spread internationally. The road map prioritizes the setting up of treatment centers, community mobilization and safe burials.

It will also try to overcome bottlenecks in vital supplies such as personal protective equipment, disinfectants and body bags.

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24 suspected cases of Ebola identified in the Congo and 13 deaths WHO says

 

A  suspected Ebola outbreak in Central Africa has been traced to a pregnant woman who butchered a slain bush animal that had been given to her husband, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

The Health Ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday that two samples taken from a remote village in the northwestern province of Equateur had tested positive for the deadly virus, but added that the infections were from a different strain than the one that has killed more than 1,400 people in four West African countries.

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Angry, scared and hungry: Inside Liberia’s Ebola ‘quarantine zone’

By Nima Elbagir and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More than 70,000 people are trapped inside the West Point slum in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Since the government designated the slum an Ebola quarantine zone last week, there has been no way out.

The quarantine measures were imposed after rioters looted an Ebola treatment center in the slum, claiming the virus was a government hoax. Stuck without sanitation or running water and with food supplies for many running low, people fear for their lives.

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Liberia Imposes Ebola ‘quarantine zone’ in Monrovia Slum

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Clashes Erupt in Liberia Over Mass Ebola Quarantine

By NORIMITSU ONISHI
Clashes erupted as the Liberian Army and the police began enforcing a quarantine to curb Ebola in West Point. Credit John Moore/Getty Images
Clashes erupted as the Liberian Army and the police began enforcing a quarantine to curb Ebola in West Point. Credit John Moore/Getty Images

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s halting efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak spreading across parts of West Africa quickly turned violent on Wednesday when angry young men hurled rocks and stormed barbed-wire barricades, trying to break out of a neighborhood here that had been cordoned off by the government.

Soldiers repelled the surging crowd with live rounds, driving hundreds of young men back into the neighborhood, a slum of tens of thousands in Monrovia known as West Point.

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Stop Ebola Campaign on SaharaTV: “Inside the Diaspora with Fatima”

Eps. 14: A Closer Look At Ebola

SaharaTV: August 16, 2014: This episode takes a closer look at the Ebola virus that has been ravaging the Western region of Africa for months.

Special guests Dr. Mafudia Suaray and Mr. Sidique Wai give a better understanding of the virus and what needs to be done to combat the outbreak.

On the “Each One, Teach One” segment, New Yorkers share their thoughts about ebola and whether or not it is a government conspiracy.

Doctors in Liberia ‘recovering after taking ZMapp’

Three doctors in Liberia with Ebola who started taking an experimental drug last Thursday are showing remarkable signs of improvement, a minister says.

ZMapp was first given earlier this month to two US aid workers, who were flown home for treatment from Liberia.

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BBC News: Ebola Deaths as of August 16, 2014
BBC News: Ebola Deaths as of August 16, 2014

Latest CDC Outbreak Information
Updated August 16, 2014

Guinea
  • The Guinea Ministry of Health announced a total of 543 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 396 laboratory confirmed, and 394 deaths.
  • Affected districts include Conakry, Guéckédou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Dabola, Djingaraye, Télimélé, Boffa, Kouroussa, Dubreka, Fria, Siguiri, Pita, Nzerekore, and Yamou; several are no longer active areas of EVD transmission (see map).
Liberia
  • The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia and WHO have reported 834 suspect and confirmed EVD cases, including 200 laboratory confirmations, and 466 deaths.
Nigeria
  • The Nigerian Ministry of Health and WHO reported 15 suspect and confirmed cases, including 12 laboratory confirmations, and 4 deaths.
Sierra Leone
  • The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and WHO reported a cumulative total of 848 suspect and confirmed cases, including 775 laboratory confirmed cases, and 365 deaths.
  • Cases have been reported from all 12 Sierra Leone districts.
About the virus

Genetic analysis of the virus indicates that it is closely related (97% identical) to variants of Ebola virus (species Zaire ebolavirus) identified earlier in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon (Baize et al. 2014)

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Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up Ebola Efforts

What do health workers need to continue Ebola fight? Current response is “dangerously inadequate”

PBS NewsHour: Doctors Without Borders president Dr. Joanne Liu discusses the aid group’s new treatment facility, the epidemic’s dangerous impact on health care, and why the current response is “dangerously inadequate.”

 

Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up Ebola Efforts

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, the president of the relief group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.

“No one yet has the full measure of the magnitude of this crisis,” the president, Dr. Joanne Liu, said in an interview. “We don’t have good data collection. We don’t have enough surveillance.”

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