2,105 Ebola deaths – probable, confirmed and suspected

World Health Organization September 5th situation reports show areas still with expanding infection numbers.

Location of cases throughout the countries with most intense transmission: Red circles seek to show the cases that have occurred within the past 21 days
Location of cases throughout the countries with most intense transmission: Red circles seek to show the cases that have occurred
within the past 21 days

Countries with most intense transmission

  • Guinea
    • The past week shows more than 100 cases newly reported, mainly in the epicentre of the outbreak (Macenta, Gueckedou), as well as in Dubreka, a district close to Conakry.
    Liberia
    • Liberia continues to be the most affected country, reporting more than 200 cases a week for the past three weeks.
    • Sierra Leone
      • In the past two weeks the incidence in Sierra Leone remains very high with more than 150 cases reported each week.

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Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak in Port Harcourt has the potential to grow larger and spread faster

The Ebola virus was imported into Nigeria via an infected air traveller, who entered Lagos on 20 July and died 5 days later. One close contact of the Lagos case fled the city, where he was under quarantine, to seek treatment in Port Harcourt.

This close contact was treated, from 1 to 3 August, at a Port Harcourt hotel by a male physician who developed symptoms of weakness and fever on 11 August and died of Ebola on 22 August.

The case history of this physician, the index case for Port Harcourt, is important, as it reveals multiple high-risk opportunities for transmission of the virus to others.

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Liberia: Funerals, ghost towns and haunted health workers: Life in the Ebola zone

Entire towns and villages have been placed into quarantine or abandoned by residents…

By Lilian Leposo and Nima Elbagir, CNN

Zango Town, Liberia (CNN) — At the gravesite in a northern Liberia village, there are no religious or traditional burial rites. No ceremony, no mourning, no family members, and no final goodbyes.

Nothing but a group of men dressed in space-suit-like outfits, cautiously throwing the dead body into the grave, they pause only to toss in anything else they are wearing that came into contact with the deceased.

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Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

Sister Nancy Yoko speaks with colleagues at the Ebola treatment centre in Kenema. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1062/Dunlop - See more at: http://www.unicef.org.au/Discover/unicef-australia-blog/August-2014/The-joy-of-Ebola-survivors-in-Sierra-Leone.aspx#sthash.clkW7uA2.dpuf
Sister Nancy Yoko speaks with colleagues at the Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. (UNICEF)

The World Health Organization has voiced concern about the “unprecedented” number of healthcare workers hit by the Ebola outbreak. More than 120 health workers have died and over 240 others infected so far.

Nigeria’s health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers.

Nigeria’s medics have paid a heavy price in the outbreak: of the six people who have died from the disease in Africa’s most populous nation, two have been doctors and two others nurses.  On Sunday  a fresh case was confirmed in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of those providing healthcare in West Africa to be hit by the epidemic.

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