Hari Sreenivasan talks to Stephen Gire of Harvard University about his on-the-ground experience in Sierra Leone and the latest on how the virus has spread.
Death toll passes 1,550 as Ebola outbreak accelerates, officials sayBy 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.
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.
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.
Liberia Imposes Ebola ‘quarantine zone’ in Monrovia Slum
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976.
Up to 18 August 1,350 people had been reported as having died from the disease in four countries; Liberia 576, Guinea 396, Sierra Leone 374 and Nigeria four.
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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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.
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.
Latest CDC Outbreak Information
Updated August 16, 2014
- 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).
- 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.
- The Nigerian Ministry of Health and WHO reported 15 suspect and confirmed cases, including 12 laboratory confirmations, and 4 deaths.
- 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)
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.”
As limited supplies of an experimental Ebola treatment arrived in Liberia and with an untested vaccine on the way, thorny questions remain that could determine the difference between life and death. Read more from NBC news…