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Dabola, Djingaraye, Télimélé, Boffa, Kouroussa, Dubreka, Fria, Siguiri, Pita, Nzerekore, and Yamou; several are no longer active areas of EVD transmission (see map).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