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Dabola, Djingaraye, Télimélé, Boffa, Kouroussa, Dubreka, Fria, Siguiri, Pita, Nzerekore, and Yamou; several are no longer active areas of EVD transmission (see map).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)