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Latest Update from the Centers for Disease Control (USA)

Latest CDC Outbreak Information
Updated August 13, 2014

Highlights

Guinea
  • August 11, 2014, the Guinea Ministry of Health announced a total of 510 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 377 fatal cases.
  • 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Dabola, Djingaraye, Télimélé, Boffa, Kouroussa, Dubreka, Fria, Siguiri, Pita, Nzerekore, and Yamou; several are no longer active areas of EVD transmission (see map).
  • 369 cases across Guinea have been confirmed by laboratory testing to be positive for Ebola virus infection.
  • In Guinea’s capital city, Conakry, 95 suspect cases have been reported to meet the clinical definition for EVD, including 42 fatal cases.

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Ebola medics fight fear and myth

Inside the Ebola outbreak with the CDC

By David Daigle, Special to CNN
CNN: A newspaper headline shows the dangers of false information being spread in Nigeria about Ebola treatments.
CNN: A newspaper headline shows the dangers of false information being spread in Nigeria about Ebola treatments.

One interesting aspect of this outbreak has been the rumors and misinformation spurred by Ebola. Last week, communicators were working quickly to respond to a rumor that bathing in or drinking salt water would prevent Ebola. More from CNN…

Tracing Ebola’s Breakout To An African 2-Year-Old

Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a village in Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea. Bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia, Guéckédou is at the intersection of three nations, where the disease found an easy entry point to the region.

Read the whole story at The New York Times

A report in The New England Journal of Medicine traces the spread of the recent Ebola outbreak from Guéckédou, Guinea, to towns nearby.

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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

New York Times

Q&A

What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

More than 1,800 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola since March, according to the World Health Organization, making this the biggest outbreak on record. More than 1,000 people have died. More…

World Health Organization guidance on Ebola

Key facts

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
  • EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
  • Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

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UN declares Ebola outbreak global ‘international public health emergency’

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In the Liberian capital Monrovia, a Ministry of Health employee sprays the sole of a colleague’s shoes at an Ebola Isolation Clinic, supported by the World Health Organization and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as he prepares to leave the facility to carry blood samples to be tested. Photo: UNMIL/Staton Winter

8 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency, saying: “our collective health security” depends on urgent support for containment in the affected countries.

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Let’s help Doctors Without Borders end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

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Dear Friends and Family,

I am fundraising for a great cause – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and their effort to contain the Ebola Disease outbreak in West Africa.

Doctors Without Borders is providing emergency medical care to men, women, and children who are infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The outbreak has affected over 1,000 people in the region with over 600 dead already. Dozens are dying everyday as the disease continues to spread through communities! Inadequate health and human resources have contributed to making this the largest Ebola disease outbreak.

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How Africa’s researchers are solving Africa’s health problems

, Guardian Professional, December 2, 2013

This article discusses how Africa’s researchers are pioneering treatments for health challenges unique to the continent although African research institutions continue to lag behind the West.

However, the next big challenge for Africa’s institutions may be not about catching up with Western institutions but to make them more sustainable.

Read the full article at the Guardian online..