"A new disease that we do not know the name was reported in the prefecture of Macenta located 800 KM from Conakry, killing 8 people dead and several others contaminated learned Africaguinee.com."
Symptoms "manifested by anal and nasal bleeding."
Seems to resemble Lassa Fever.
"An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has killed at least 23 people in Guinea's southeastern forest region since February when the first case was reported, health authorities in the West African nation said on Wednesday."
Guinea: 35 suspected cases, 23 deaths
"Symptoms appear as diarrhoea and vomiting, with a very high fever. Some cases showed relatively heavy bleeding."
Most of the victims had been in contact with the deceased or had handled the bodies
Samples sent to Senegal and France for further tests
Guinea: 49 suspected cases, 29 deaths
French tests inconclusive so far
"However, we are narrowing it down to Ebola and Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever (MHF)," Sakoba Keita, a Guinea health ministry official, said.
"The first case of the outbreak in Guinea was reported on Feb. 9."
"Cases have been recorded in three southeastern towns and in the capital Conakry."
"An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever that has killed 29 people in Guinea may have spread across the border into neighboring Sierra Leone, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) document and a senior Sierra Leone health official."
Suspected Death: 14-year-old boy in the town of Buedu, eastern Kailahun District, Sierra Leone
Boy had travelled to Guinea to attend the funeral of one of the outbreak's earlier victims
"The Ebola virus has been identified as the source of an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in southern Guinea."
"Scientists in the French city of Lyon confirmed it was Ebola, the Guinean health ministry said."
Guinea: 49 suspected cases, 34 deaths
Guinea: 59 deaths
"Six of the 12 samples sent for analysis tested positive for Ebola, Dr. Sakoba Keita, who heads the epidemics prevention division at Guinea's health ministry, told Reuters."
"An Ebola epidemic which has already killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Sunday."
"The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in forested areas south eastern Guinea. As of 22 March 2014, a total of 49 cases including 29 deaths (case fatality ratio: 59%) had been reported. The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, Nzerekore and Kissidougou districts. In addition, three suspect cases including two deaths in Conakry are under investigation. Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated."
"There has been an outbreak of the deadly disease called Ebola in neighbouring Guinea-Conakry and experts say it’s likely to spread in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Guinea Bissau and Mali, five countries that share borders with Guinea-Conkary."
"Tests on suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus in Guinea's capital Conakry are negative, health officials say."
"Scientists tackling an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea believe they have identified the virus as the Zaire strain, the most lethal of all that 'raises the already high level of concern', according to France's Institut Pasteur."
Guinea: 87 suspected cases, 61 dead
. Five people are suspected to have died from the disease in Lofa county in northern Liberia, Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s chief medical officer, said at a briefing today
"Five patients have died in Liberia of suspected Ebola fever, the government said on Monday, as neighbouring Guinea battled an outbreak of the virus which has killed dozens."
“As of this morning six cases have been reported of which five have already died Ä four female adults and one male child. One of the suspected cases, a female child, is under treatment,” Health Minister Walter Gwenigale said in a statement
"A man who recently traveled to West Africa is seriously ill and being kept in isolation in a Canadian hospital with symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever resembling the Ebola virus, Saskatchewan health officials said."
"#Canada #Ebola suspect tests NEGATIVE for Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, CCHF, RVF @WHO @pahowho at Winnipeg BSL4 lab"
Liberia: 11 suspected cases, 5 deaths
Guinea: 61 deaths
"This is the first time Ebola has been recorded in Guinea."
"A man from Saskatchewan who showed symptoms similar to Ebola after traveling to Liberia tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organization said."
"Health officials are also investigating suspected cases in Sierra Leone."
"Karbo said one of the cases concerned a 14-year-old boy who is thought to have died two weeks ago in Guinea and then been taken back to his village on the Sierra Leonean side of the border. The second suspected case, in a patient who has not died, was in the northern border district of Kambia."
"An Irish Aid agency has confirmed that the deadly Ebola virus has spread from Guinea into the neighboring West African state of Liberia. The report released by Plan Ireland confirms two separate cases of Ebola infection in Liberia, fuelling claims that the outbreak is becoming a regional epidemic."
"Travel has been restricted in ‘high risk areas’ of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia alongside the implementation of a host of safety precautions. Those working or living in affected areas have been advised to travel only if on essential business, to regularly wash hands, and to avoid eating bush meat."
"Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said."
"Bats, a local delicacy, appeared to be the 'main agents' for the Ebola outbreak in the south, Rene Lamah said."
Guinea: 62 deaths
"At least two patients suspected to have contracted the Ebola virus were on Sunday, March 23 transferred from neighboring Guinea to Liberia, specifically in Nimba County."
Guinea: 86 suspected cases, 60 deaths
"The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou districts. As of 25 March 2014, a total of 86 suspected cases including 60 deaths (case fatality ratio: 69.7%) had been reported. Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated."
"On Tuesday during their separate regular sessions, the issue of the outbreak of the disease was discussed with consensus for collaborative efforts with the Executive Branch of government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in tackling the spread of the disease."
"In the letter, Representative Kaprkar requested plenary to mandate the health committee to work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to hasten the necessary preventive and remedial measures to protect Liberians against the deadly Ebola disease."
Guinea: 63 deaths
"Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say the death toll from a rare Ebola outbreak has risen to 63."
"The Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation said Wednesday that there is no 'confirmed' ebola case in Sierra Leone."
Guinea: 63 suspected cases
"Guinea said on Wednesday it had stopped an outbreak of deadly Ebola fever from spreading beyond the country's remote southeast, although the number of deaths from suspected infections rose to at least 63."
"'The epidemic is not spreading to other regions,' Guinean Health Minister Remy Lamah told Reuters by telephone from the affected area in Guinea's remote Forest region. 'Medical equipment has been shipped in,' he said. 'MSF is helping us to control the outbreak.'"
"Confirmed health authorities in Liberia say there have been no new suspected deaths from the deadly Ebola virus since the admission early this week of four (2 in Guinea, 1 in Foya and 1 in Zorzor) reported cases."
"'I can confirm to you that there has been no reported case of Ebola on admission in any of Liberia's hospitals. Samples from suspected persons have been provided to MSF in Guinea for preliminary examination. Further confirmation from the preliminary findings will be provided from Lyon, France,'"
"The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare would like to inform the public that the number of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever cases remains at six with four deaths as of March 26, 2014. The two cases and one death reported from Curran Ho spital in Zorzor yesterday did not meet the case definition of viral hemorrhagic fevers. Hence, this has reduced the cumulative number of suspected cases and deaths."
"Four cases of infection by the deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in Conakry, Guinea's Health Minister Remy Lamah said on Thursday, marking the first confirmed spread of the disease from rural areas to West African state's capital."
"Guinea’s Health Ministry reported five suspected cases of Ebola in the capital, Conakry, as the death toll from the hemorrhagic fever increased to 66. At least 15 suspected cases of the infectious disease were registered yesterday, including those in Conakry, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. A total of 103 suspected cases have now been registered, while there has been one death in the capital, it said."
Guinea: 103 suspected cases, 66 deaths
"Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they're now treating eight cases of Ebola in the capital."
"Ten new cases of Ebola with seven deaths were reported on Friday in Guinea, bringing the total number of cases to 112 and 70 deaths since the declaration of this deadly epidemic, a source from the health ministry has said."
Guinea: 112 suspected cases, 70 deaths
"The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday that Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 70 people in Guinea."
Liberia: 2 confirmed cases
"Two cases of Ebola were confirmed in Liberia as the death toll from Guinea’s outbreak, called “unprecedented” by an international aid organization, climbed to 80. One of the confirmed cases in Liberia has died, while a second person who died with a suspected Ebola infection tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organization said in a statement. Both confirmed cases in Liberia were exposed to Ebola in Guinea, Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman, said on Twitter."
"With eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the capital Conakry, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of cases now scattered in several locations in Guinea."
Guinea: 80 deaths; Liberia: 2 confirmed cases, 1 death
"The World Health Organisation says an outbreak of the incurable disease in Guinea is still 'relatively small' compared to past epidemics, after charity workers called it 'unprecedented' in scale."
"The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in seven years climbed to 83 in Guinea as the aid organization Doctors Without Borders said the disease's geographical spread marks the flare-up as unprecedented."
Guinea: 83 deaths
Guinea: 129 suspected cases, 84 deaths
"Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 83."
"Liberia said Thursday, April 3 it was dealing with its first suspected Ebola case thought to be unconnected to the epidemic raging in Guinea and to have originated separately within its borders.If confirmed, the case in the eastern town of Tapeta would mark a worrying development in the fight against Ebola, as cases so far have been attributed to people returning with the infection from neighboring Guinea, where 84 people have died."
"A woman confirmed to have traveled to the Firestone Plantation Camp in Liberia with the deadly Ebola virus has been pronounced dead. Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale told the weekly Ministry of Information press briefing Thursday that the death now brings to total death in Liberia since the outbreak started to seven."
Liberia: 7 deaths
"Mali says it has detected three suspected victims of Ebola, the deadly disease that has killed 84 people in Guinea. Three suspected cases of haemorrhagic fever have been detected in the country. Samples have been taken and sent abroad for analysis, the country's health minister Ousmane Kone said on Thursday."
Mali: 3 suspected cases
"An Air France plane from the Ebola-hit west African country of Guinea was quarantined in Paris for two hours Friday after the crew suspected a passenger may have the deadly disease, the airline said. The flight from the Guinean capital Conakry landed at Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport at 5:28 am (0328 GMT) with 187 passengers and 11 crew members on board."
"An angry crowd attacked a treatment centre in Guinea on Friday where staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said."
"People in Mali began protesting in the country's capital of Bamako because of increasing worry over the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa."
West Africa: 137 suspected cases, 86 dead
"The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in coastal West Africa has risen to 86, with dozens more ill, aid workers reported Friday."
"XYZ News can report that blood sample from a 12-year-old girl has been sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for tests to confirm if Ghana has recorded its first case of ebola."
"The suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a young girl in Ghana has been ruled out by laboratory testing , according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update today."
"Guinea's government raised the death toll in the Ebola epidemic raging through its southern forests and capital to 95. The health ministry added nine deaths to the toll of 86 given before the weekend, saying that 52 cases had been confirmed in laboratories to be the killer tropical virus.Up to now, the Guinean authorities have registered 151 suspect cases and 95 deaths, the ministry's chief disease prevention officer Sakoba Keita told AFP, without specifying the locations of the new deaths."
Guinea: 151 suspected cases, 95 deaths
"Guinea: A cumulative total of 151 clinically compatible cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) including 95 deaths had officially been reported from Guinea . 65 samples were tested of which 34 are tested positive for Ebola. The date of onset of the most recent laboratory confirmed case is 3 April. 14 of the cases including 8 deaths are health workers of which 11 are laboratory confirmed cases. Liberia 21 clinical cases of EVD, including 10 deaths, have been reported from Liberia. All 5 of the laboratory confirmed cases have died Sierra-Leone 2 probable cases of EVD were reported from Sierra Leone in one family who died in Guinea and their bodies repatriated to Sierra Leone. Mali 4 patients suspected to have a viral haemorrhagic fever who presented for health care in Sibiribougou, Koulikoro Region of Mali. Two of the suspected cases had travelled from Guinea."
"Laboratory tests for the specimens taken to the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal, from the two patients who were under investigation have indicated negative for Ebola. This recent development, he said, has therefore ruled out Ebola in the Gambia as of now."
"Two out of three suspected Ebola cases in Mali “do not contain the Ebola virus,’’ the Malian government said on Tuesday. “The results of the third suspected case are still under examination,’’ the government said, adding that so far there was no confirmed Ebola case in Mali."
Liberia: 22 suspected cases, 12 dead
"The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country."
Guinea: 157 suspected cases, 66 confirmed cases, 101 deaths
"As of 10 April, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Liberia has reported a cumulative total of 5 laboratory confirmed cases and 20 suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The date of onset of the most recent confirmed case is 6 April, with 6 patients currently hospitalised. Lofa County accounts for 32% of the clinical cases reported to date (4 laboratory confirmed and 6 suspected cases) followed by Margibi County (27%, 1 confirmed and 5 suspected cases). Other Counties at risk include Bong (4 suspected cases) and Nimba (3 suspected cases). Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties have each reported one suspected case. At present 32 contacts remain under medical observation. The cumulative number of 12 deaths are being attributed to EVD; Lofa (9), Nimba (1), Margibi (1) and Montserrado (1). All 5 laboratory confirmed cases have died. Laboratory confirmed deaths have occurred in Lofa County (4) and Margibi County (1)...As of 10 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Mali reports a cumulative total of 6 suspected cases after 2 suspected cases tested negative for ebolavirus and other viral haemorrhagic fever viruses in assays conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta."
Liberia: 20 suspected cases, 5 confirmed cases; Mali: 6 suspected cases
Guinea: 168 suspected cases, 108 deaths
"In March 2014, the World Health Organization was notified of an outbreak of a communicable disease characterized by fever, severe diarrhea, vomiting, and a high fatality rate in Guinea. Virologic investigation identified Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) as the causative agent. Full-length genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis showed that EBOV from Guinea forms a separate clade in relationship to the known EBOV strains from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. Epidemiologic investigation linked the laboratory-confirmed cases with the presumed first fatality of the outbreak in December 2013. This study demonstrates the emergence of a new EBOV strain in Guinea."
Liberia: 28 suspected cases, 13 deaths
Guinea: 197 suspected cases, 101 confirmed cases, 121 suspected deaths, 56 confirmed deaths
"As of 18:00 on 20 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 208 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 136 deaths. To date, 169 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 112 cases have been laboratory confirmed, including 69 deaths. From 13 March, the date of onset of the first laboratory confirmed case in Liberia, to 21 April, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia has reported a total of 34 clinically compatible cases of EVD; 6 confirmed cases, including 6 deaths, 2 probable cases and 26 suspected cases.As of 22 April 2014, clinical samples from 19 clinically compatible cases of EVD have been tested at the Kenema Government Hospital. All 19 samples tested negative for ebolavirus."
Guinea: 224 cases (of which 121 confirmed), 143 deaths
"As of 18:00 on 1 May 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 226 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 149 deaths. Of 210 patients tested for ebolavirus infection, 127 cases have been laboratory confirmed by PCR, including 81 deaths...The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Liberia has completed the process of revising clinical cases of EVD based on their final laboratory results. All cases which tested PCR positive or ebolavirus IgM positive have been reclassified as “confirmed acute” cases. PCR negative but ebolavirus IgG positive cases are considered “confirmed convalescent” cases. Following the reclassification of suspected cases, as of 2 May the total number of clinical EVD cases reported in Liberia is 13 (6 confirmed, 2 probable and 5 suspected cases), including 11 deaths. There were 2 confirmed cases in HCWs, both of whom died. There have been no new clinical cases in Liberia since 6 April."
"The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 231 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 155 deaths, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update today...The geographical distribution of clinical cases of EVD since the beginning of the outbreak is: Conakry (53 cases, including 24 deaths), Guekedou (145/105), Macenta (22/16), Kissidougou (6/5), Dabola (4/4) and Djingaraye(1/1). There have been no new cases of EVD in Kissidougou since 1 April and in Macenta since 9 April. In Djingaraye and Dabola, no new cases have been reported since the end of March 2014."
"Yet on May 25, 2014 the sad news came as a rude awakening for the health authorities and the people of Sierra Leone, Ebola had struck in the very place everyone had been looking; Koindi, Kissy Teng chiefdom, in the Kailahun district east of Sierra Leone near the border with Guinea."
"On 7 May 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 236 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 158 deaths... As of 7 May, 113 experts have been deployed to assist in the response. This includes 54 experts deployed through the global WHO surge mechanism, 33 international experts from among partner institutions of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), 10 externally recruited consultants, 16 WHO staff who were locally repurposed."
"May 12, Guinean Ministry of Health reported 248 cases of clinical cases, 171 cases of death. Where: 138 confirmed cases and 92 deaths; 67 cases (57 deaths) were classified as probable cases, 43 cases (including 22 deaths) were classified as suspected cases. Conakry: 40 cases (20 deaths), the final case report time is April 26 - Gueckedou: 83 cases (60 deaths), the final case report time was May 11. Ma Sangda: 12 cases (10 deaths), the final case report time is April 9. Kissidougou: 2 cases (1 death), the final case report time is April 1. Dabola: 1 case (1 death), the final case report time is the end of March."
"As of May 23, 2014, 8 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported from one newly affected district, Telimele (3 cases and 0 deaths) and two existing affected areas, Gueckedou (2 cases and 0 deaths) and Macenta (3 cases and 3 deaths). Since the beginning of the outbreak, the cumulative total number of clinical cases of EVD is 258, including 174 deaths. The geographical distribution of the clinical cases of EVD is as follows: Conakry (50 cases, including 25 deaths), Gueckedou (170/121), Macenta (22/17), Kissidougou (8/6), Dabola (4/4), Djinguiraye (1/1) and Telimele (3/0)"
"Guinea's govt previously said outbreaks were contained; New areas affected, including spread into Sierra Leone; Families remove four patients from Sierra Leone clinic (Adds patient removals)"
"The WHO has documented a total of 281 clinical cases of Ebola, including 185 deaths in Guinea since the virus was first identified as Ebola in March. The disease is thought to have killed 11 people in Liberia, thought there have been no new cases there since April 9. Sixteen cases - seven of them confirmed through laboratory testing and another nine suspected - have been reported in Sierra Leone's Kailahun district, where four people were believed to have died of the disease."
"Cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone have more than tripled in just 3 days, from 16 reported on May 27 to 50 reported today by the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency also reported 10 new EVD cases in Guinea and 1 in Liberia...The 34 new cases in Sierra Leone include 7 confirmed, 3 probable, and 24 suspected, as well as 1 (suspected-case) death in five districts. The WHO said that the country now has a total of 14 confirmed, 3 probable, and 36 suspected EVD cases, including 6 deaths...Guinea's 10 new cases bring the country's total to 291, including 193 fatal cases. The WHO broke down the cases as 172 confirmed (including 108 deaths), 71 probable (62 fatal), and 48 suspected (23 fatal). Seven of the 10 new cases were fatal...The WHO also reported a new fatal case in Foya district in Liberia...Liberia had not reported an EVD case since Apr 9 and now has 35, according to previous reports."
WHO update: May 29th, 34 new cases in Sierra Leone (7 confirmed, 3 probable, 24 suspected, including 1 death) and 10 new cases in Guinea. New case totals: Sierra Leone has 14 confirmed, 36 suspected cases, including 6 deaths. Guinea has 291 cases including 193 deaths.
Director of Disease Prevention and Control, MOHS Dr. Amara Jambai confirmed 4 deaths in Sokoma village, Kailahun District on May 26. The virus has allegedly killed 15 in Koindu.
367 total clinically compatible cases: Guinea has 291, Sierra Leone has 50, Liberia has 26.
"Guinean Health Minister, Remy Lamah on Sunday...'113 deaths are been recorded out of the 178 confirmed cases throughout the Guinean territory," said Lamah, during a press conference. He added that the virus has gained ground around the country because of "laxness" and "lack of information.' "
Health ministry spokesman Yaya Tunis announced a fifth death due to Ebola. The updated case count is 15 confirmed cases out of 36 suspected cases.
Christian Aid is collaborating with the Council of Churches, Sierra Leone (CCSL) and district health authorities to prevent the spread of disease. There are now five confirmed deaths and a further 31 suspected cases.
In Guinea, the classification of cases is as follows: 172 confirmed cases and 108 deaths; 71 probable cases and 62 deaths; 48 suspected cases and 23 deaths. The breakdown of cases and deaths by affected areas is as follows: Conakry, 53 cases and 27 deaths; Gueckedou, 179 cases and 133 deaths; Macenta, 40 cases and 23 deaths; Kissidougou, 7 cases and 5 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths, Djinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; and Boffa, 4 cases and 0 deaths. In Sierra Leone, the geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Kailahun (37 cases and 6 deaths), Kenema (1 case and 0 death), Koinadugu (1 case and 0 death), Bo (1 case and 0 death), Moyamba and (1 case and 0 death). As of May 29, 1 new suspected case who died in Foya district, Liberia was reported.
A number of "non-essential" staff at iron ore company London Mining have left Sierra Leone following the Ebola outbreak. Non-essential travel to the area has been restricted.
Robin Faley, All Peoples Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary embarked on campaign to educate residents, particularly in Kailahun and Kenema Districts, on Ebola signs, symptoms, transmission, prevention, and treatment.
WHO reports 328 cases in Guinea, of which 193 are confirmed. There have been 208 deaths. In the period between May 29 and June 1, at least 21 people died and 37 new suspected cases were reported. During this period, Sierra Leone recorded 3 new confirmed and 10 suspected cases
One suspected but unconfirmed case has been recorded in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.
79 confirmed and suspected cases have been recorded in Sierra Leone to date. The death count has jumped from one death a week ago to six currently. Liberia has not had new cases for two months. The suspected death in Foya is attributed to an individual believed to have been infected in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, and was taken back to Kailahun to be buried.
WHO reports 11 new cases (8 confirmed, 1 probable, 2 suspected) and 3 new deaths in Guinea between June 2 and 3. The breakdown is as follows: Conakry (7 new cases and 1 death), Gueckedou (2 new cases and 1 death), Telimele (1 new case and 0 deaths), and Boffa (1 new case and 1 death). There are now 344 cases in Guinea (207 confirmed, 81 probable, and 56 suspected cases) including 215 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Conakry, 65 cases and 27 deaths; Gueckedou, 193 cases and 143 deaths; Macenta, 44 cases and 26 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 7 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 23 cases and 5 deaths; and Boffa, 7 cases and 4 deaths. In Sierra Leone, WHO reports 9 new suspected cases between June 2 and 5. The current case count is 81 (31 confirmed, 3 probable, 47 suspected) including 6 deaths. Most cases are from Kailahun district. Liberia has not had any new confirmed cases since April 6.
"The World Health Organization says 22 new cases of Ebola virus were reported in Sierra Leone between May 29th and June 5. WHO counts 81 cases with 6 deaths but Sierra Leone’s health ministry says it has a total of 95 confirmed and suspected cases...At least 35 lab-confirmed cases have been traced to a traditional healer whose grieving patients handled her infected body at her funeral."
Ebola has moved to the northern town of Mambolo in the Kambia district, where 2 cases have been confirmed and 10 suspected cases are awaiting test results.
The number of deaths from Ebola in Sierra Leone has doubled from 6 to 12 in the last week, according to Sierra Leonian health authorities. There may be more unconfirmed deaths. Director of Disease Control and Prevention for Sierra Leone, Amara Jambai, said there have been 42 confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone.
"At least 231 people have died since the outbreak of the fearsome disease, which causes bleeding internally and externally and for which there is no known cure. Guinea has recorded just over 200 deaths, along with about a dozen each in Sierra Leone and Liberia"
Ebola has killed the senior wife of Paramount Chief of Jawei Chiefdom, Madam Amie Ngumbu Klah (Kailahun District, Sierra Leone)
"In Sierra Leone, 114 suspected cases have been tested for Ebola, with 43 confirmed cases and 16 deaths. All deaths are confirmed cases from the Kailahun district, two of which traveled from Kailahun to Kambia district."
Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Brima Kargbo, has confirmed 17 deaths due to Ebola. There have been 117 suspected cases, 43 of which have been confirmed.
On June 11, Sierra Leone shut its borders to trade with Guinea and Liberia and closed schools, cinemas, and nightclubs in a frontier region to slow the spread of Ebola. Health checkpoints will be established in the eastern Kailahun district and Ebola victims must be buried under supervision of health personnel.
The Sierra Leone government has announced a state of emergency in the Kailahun district due to the Ebola virus that has killed 17 in the nation. According to government figures, there have been 122 suspected and 46 confirmed cases in the district.
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation has confirmed 50 cases of the 132 tested cases. There have been 17 deaths. The Ministry is not restricting the movement of people but is implementing screening at checkpoints and border crossing areas.
The number of lab-confirmed cases has risen to 52 in Sierra Leone, according to an emailed statement from the Health Ministry. The number of suspected cases rose to 138 and the number of deaths to 19.
"Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Ministry (MOHSW) has confirmed a fresh outbreak in New Kru Town with seven cases reported...six have been confirmed dead." These cases are attributed to a woman who traveled to Kailahun District, Sierra Leone and settled in New Kru Town with family members, as well as six contacts. Since the start of the outbreak in Liberia, there have been 17 deaths out of 31 reported cases.
"On June 10, 2014, The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea reported 376 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), including 241 fatal cases and 233 laboratory confirmed cases. New cases were reported in Gueckedou, Telimele, and Boffa districts and follow-up investigations continue in Conakry, Boke, and Dubreka districts in the west, and Macenta, and Kouroussa districts in the south. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone reported 117 suspect cases, 19 fatal cases, and 43 laboratory confirmed cases on June 9, 2014. Confirmed cases have been reported from the Kailahun district, near Gueckedou, Guinea, and for the first time in Kambia and Port Loko districts in northwest Sierra Leone. Reports of and investigations of suspect cases continue in Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Bo, Moyamba , Kambia, Koinadugu, Port Loko, Tonkolili, Bombali, and Western area districts. Laboratory testing is being conducted in Kenema city. Sierra Leone and WHO have sent experts to aid in the response and investigation. On June 7, 2014, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia reported 1 laboratory confirmed EHF case and 1 new death in the Foya District of Liberia. This is the first reported case since April 6, 2014."
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation has confirmed 53 cases of 138 tested cases. There have been 19 deaths.
"Dr. Aaron Kollie, Health Officer of Lofa County, has reported a new outbreak in Foya district, Lofa County." Three cases have been reported, of which one is confirmed and two are suspected.
Mr. Charles Mambu, head of Health For All Coalition, said that 62 cases have been confirmed of 157 tested. 19 have died.
"Sources close to the Ebola treatment center in Daru, Jawei Chiefdom, Kailahun district have reported 34 deaths, of which 33 have been in Daru town and one in Koindu."
Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah reported seven new deaths from Ebola in Monrovia, Sierra Leone's capital. One of the deaths was a woman who had traveled to an infected area in Sierra Leone and is believed to have brought the disease back with her to the capital city. Four of the seven deaths have been confirmed to be victims of Ebola. Nyenswah reports 16 deaths in the country so far.
Miatta Kargbo, minister for health and sanitation in Sierra Leone, told lawmakers that 83 cases have been confirmed of 193 tested, and 20 people have died.
Director of the Community Health Department in Voinjama, Lofa County, Edmund Esiah, reports nine new cases of Ebola at the Tellewoyan Hospital in Voinjama. Six have been confirmed and the remaining three are suspected, awaiting lab confirmation. One person has died. The victim had traveled from Sierra Leone to the Tellewoyan Memorial Hospital to seek treatment.
Nine deaths have been reported from Lofa County: eight in Foya and one in Voinjama.
A WHO update states that over 500 cases have been recorded (confirmed and suspected combined), while 337 are reported to have died. Affected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
According to a WHO update, Guinea saw 7 new cases and 5 new deaths between June 14 and 16 (Gueckedou had 4 cases and 5 deaths, Boffa had 3 cases). To date, there have been 398 cases (254 confirmed, 88 probable and 56 suspected) and 264 deaths. The geographical breakdown is as follows: Conakry, 70 cases and 33 deaths; Gueckedou, 224 cases and 173 deaths; Macenta, 41 cases and 28 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 8 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 30 cases and 9 deaths; Bofa, 19 cases and 10 deaths; and Kouroussa, 1 case and 1 death. Sierra Leone had 31 new cases and 4 new deaths between June 15 and 17 (Kailahun had 29 cases and 4 deaths, Kono had 1 case, and Western had 1 case). To date, Sierra Leone has had 97 cases (92 confirmed, 3 probable, and 2 suspected) and 49 deaths. The geographical distribution is as follows: Kailahun, 92 cases and 46 deaths; Kambia, 1 case; Port Loko, 2 cases and 1 death; Kono, 1 case; and Western, 1 case and 1 death. Liberia had 9 new cases and 5 new deaths between June 11 and 16 (Lofa had 6 cases, Montserrado had 3 cases and 5 deaths). The cumulative total of cases is 33 (18 confirmed, 8 probable, and 7 suspected) with 24 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Lofa, 21 cases and 14 deaths; Montserrado, 8 cases and 8 deaths; Margibi, 2 cases and 2 deaths; and Nimba, 2 cases and 0 deaths. Since the beginning of this outbreak, West Africa has had a total of 528 confirmed and suspected cases (combined), including 337 deaths.
Many people in Sierra Leone have refused to accept Western approaches to dealing with the disease. They prefer to use traditional healers, which may help the disease spread faster. Some believe that victims have been cursed by a "witch gun," and that only a witch doctor can remove the curse. Official healthcare workers have been denied access to the sick or refused blood samples. In one case, health workers were stoned by villagers who were trying to remove ebola patients from a healthcare center. "Given a health-care system lacking decent equipment, qualified staff and affordable drugs (rather than the more popular counterfeit ones), a lack of faith in Western medicine is understandable. The ministry of health has put out flyers with answers to questions such as “Is it true Ebola is a curse?” and “Can a mix of ginger, honey, garlic, onion and vinegar cure ebola?” At the same time, the authorities have used mobile-phone networks to warn people by text to avoid eating the meat of bats, one of the disease’s prime carriers. A band based in neighbouring Liberia, which also has the scourge, has released a catchy new song with lyrics such as “Ebola, ebola in town/Don’t touch your friend/No eating something/It’s dangerous”."
Miata Kargbo, Health Minister of Sierra Leone, has confirmed 103 cases and 26 deaths in the country. 246 cases were investigated. There have been 12 survivors.
A senior official for Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) has declared West Africa's Ebola outbreak "totally out of control." Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist with MSF, said it "is the highest outbreak on record and has the highest number of deaths, so this is unprecedented so far."
Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has declared eight deaths in Monrovia since June 8. The country's total number of lab-confirmed deaths is 17, and there are at least seven suspected deaths.
Pierre Formenty, a WHO specialist, attributes the recent resurgence of Ebola in West Africa to a "relaxation" of efforts to contain the virus. Although the first wave of cases began to diminish by the end of April, a second wave that began in early May is now hitting West Africa. Formenty stresses that one cas can restart an entire epidemic. WHO, Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), and other international partners have sent 100-160 international experts to work on the ground to get the outbreak under control.
Guinean health authorities have reported 258 cases and 160 deaths--significantly lower numbers than what the WHO reports. Four of these cases are recent, three from Guekedou and one from Boffa. Recent deaths include two in Tielimele and one in Boffa.
A WHO update shows 567 cases and 350 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. While most of the deaths are in Guinea, the growth of cases has been greater in Sierra Leone recently. Medecins Sans Frontiers has stated that the outbreak will require a "massive deployment of resources."
A Lofa County health official has stated that the death toll in the county has risen to 11.
"The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Miatta Kargbo and Team has concluded a one day Mano River Union (MRU) Ministers of Health Meeting in Conakry, Guinea to strengthen collaboration, communication and coordination in the fight against the spread of the Ebola disease."
According to a WHO update, Guinea now has 390 reported cases (260 confirmed, 87 probable, and 43 suspected) and 270 deaths. The geographical distribution is as follows: Conakry, 65 cases and 33 deaths; Gueckedou, 226 cases and 177 deaths; Macenta, 41 cases and 28 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 6 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 25 cases and 9 deaths; Boffa, 21 cases and 12 deaths; and Kouroussa, 1 case and 1 death. Currently, 19 patients are in EVD Treatment Centres in Conakry (9), Gueckedou (9), and Telimele (1). Between June 18 and 20, there were no new cases but 3 new deaths in Guinea (2 from Gueckedou and 1 from Telimele). In Sierra Leone, there are now 158 reported cases (147 confirmed, 8 probable, and 3 suspected) and 34 deaths from confirmed cases. Between June 18 and 20, no new cases were reported but 4 new deaths occurred in Sierra Leone (3 from Kailahun and 1 from Kenema). The geographical breakdown of the total cases and deaths is as follows: Kailahun, 135 cases and 32 deaths; Kambia, 1 case and 0 deaths; Port Loko, 2 cases and 0 deaths; Kenema, 19 cases and 2 deaths; and Western, 1 case and 0 deaths. Currently, 52 patients are in EVD Treatment Centres in Kenema (12) and Kailahun (40). In Liberia, 10 new cases and 8 new deaths were reported between June 19 and 22 (Lofa: 8 cases, 6 deaths; Montserrado: 2 cases, 2 deaths). The total number of cases in Liberia is now 51 (34 confirmed, 10 probable, and 7 suspected) with 34 deaths. The geographical breakdown is as follows: Lofa, 36 cases and 21 deaths; Montserrado, 11 cases and 11 deaths; Margibi, 2 cases and 2 deaths; and Nimba, 2 cases and 0 deaths.
A new center has opened for Ebola patients at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville (outside Monrovia, Liberia). Some see the opening of this center as dangerous and worrisome, in part because of its nearness to the hospital laboratory and Nurses' Station, where visitors and family members come in and out daily.
La Fe Hospital in Valencia, Spain has reported that patient from Conakry, Guinea has tested negative for Ebola. The man is making "encouraging progress."
Liberia's Assistant Health Minister, Tolbert Nyensweah, reports a total of 29 confirmed cases of Ebola in the country, after the discovery of 10 new cases. According to the government, there are an additional 14 suspected cases. Of the confirmed cases, 21 are in Lofa County and eight are in Monrovia. Three more deaths were confirmed recently, with over 30 deaths total.
The WHO has altered its fatality reporting in Sierra Leone at the request of the government. Previously, the death count had reached 58, with both probable and suspected deaths included. Now, the WHO will only report lab-confirmed cases in Sierra Leone's death count, lowering the number to 34. Fatality reporting in Guinea and Liberia will remain unchanged. There have been a total of 599 cases and 338 fatalities in West Africa due to the Ebola outbreak.
The Sierra Leonean Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Brima Kargbo, has stated that 46 people have died in the country during the outbreak. Kargbo reported 163 confirmed cases, 142 of which are from the Kailahun district.
"Dr. Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations said, 'The epidemic is out of control. With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other area'. He goes on to say, 'We have reached our limits', noting the organizations inability to send teams to the new outbreak sites."
Several health workers were chased by a number of citizens of Konia Town, Zeyeama Clan in Zorzor District, Lofa County (Liberia) as they tried to raise awareness about Ebola. The citizens claimed that reports of the Ebola outbreak were false.
There have now been 635 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola in West Africa, with 399 deaths. This is the largest outbreak in history "in terms of the number of cases and deaths, as well as geographical spread." The WHO has called for "drastic action" to be taken against the disease. WHO will convene a meeting of health ministers from 11 countries in Accra, Ghana "to discuss the best way of tackling the crisis collectively as well as develop a comprehensive inter country operational response plan."
At least 20 OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) have chosen to return to the Philippines from Sierra Leone following declarations that the Ebola outbreak is "out of control." The OFWs' manning agencies requested the DFA to help remove them from the area.
Medics in Guinea have expressed their frustration with how government officials have handled the Ebola outbreak. "They lied, so our partners, and even the local population, put down their guard. And this is the result -- the epidemic has spread throughout the country," says Dr Alphadio of the Donka hospital. The Guinean president, Alpha Conde, has been criticized for saying that the outbreak was "well in hand" during a visit to WHO headquarters in Geneva in April. Religious leaders are also telling the government to take action. An imam, Thierno Ousmane Camara, recently called on the president "not to play down this disease, which, sadly, is causing so much grief to families." Similar frustration against the government exists in Liberia, where the government has not conducted any public awareness campaigns or implemented specific prevention measures against Ebola.
Where cases have disappeared or results have returned negative, people think that Ebola is "make-believe" or that it never existed. Hygiene measures are no longer followed: people shake hands and kiss at the market and buckets of chlorinated water for hand-washing have disappeared from restaurants. "Some even believe that the virus was in the chlorinated water," says Simon Gbanamou, a resident of Macenta with a degree in medicine helping to raise public awareness. Vigilance has diminished, even though MSF and WHO have warned not to claim victory against the disease just yet.
WHO reports that Guinea now has 396 cases and 280 deaths, Sierra Leone has 176 cases and 46 deaths, and Liberia has 63 cases and 41 deaths. In total the 3 nations have had 635 cases and 367 deaths. Over 150 experts have been deployed by the WHO to help stop the spread of Ebola.
Some infected patients are being kept in churches so that they can be healed through prayer. Liberia's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, has warned churches to stop keeping infected people from going to hospitals. Three suspected Ebola patients died in a church in New Kru Town when they went in for prayer. "The churches are not hospitals," said Dr. Dahn.
An Ebola patient, recently diagnosed positive for the virus, fled the Kenema Government Hospital and caused serious alarm. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation issued a press release warning people to be vigilant and to report the patient's presence to prevent the spread of disease. The patient reported fled with his mother and other family members to Bo City.
Sierra Leone's Health Ministry has warned that it is a serious crime to shelter someone infected by Ebola. The Health Ministry also laments the fact that some patients have discharged themselves from the hospital and gone into hiding. "The Health Ministry wishes the general public to know that any person who obstructs or interferes with the performance of the medical team in any of the ebola observation and treatment centres, would be guilty of an offence and liable to punishment," said the statement.
Pierre Formenty of the WHO told journalists in Geneva, "The situation is not out of hand." He continued, “WHO has been supporting the three affected countries and their Ministries of Health staff, and are working with them on a daily basis to try to contain the outbreak.”
Guinea has had 286 confirmed cases of Ebola so far, with 182 deaths. 27 health workers were affected and 20 have died.
"We need to find a special place to bury these corpses, if not, the bodies will keep piling up on us. If we don't bury them, they will begin to decompose and then that will be trouble for all of us," said a burial team member. Sometimes citizens chase burial teams away. They also try to wait for consent from the family before burying, and some family members are afraid to come up to identify the bodies of relatives.
Liberian health authorities have reported 61 confirmed and probable cases, of which 35 are confirmed deaths: 21 in Lofa County, 13 in Montserrado County, and one in Margibi County.
Liberia's health ministry has now reported 49 deaths including 26 confirmed deaths.
"Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf expressed concern about a resurgence of Ebola in the country: 'As the number of cases and deaths of Ebola virus disease continues to rise in our sub region, we are all gravely concerned by the rate at which this cross-border transmission is taking place.' The virus is currently affecting Lofa, Montserrado, and Margibi County. The Ministry of Health reports 90 confirmed cases in Liberia, including 49 deaths."
"Dr. Amara Jambai, Sierra Leone's director of disease prevention and control, said at least 57 suspected and confirmed Ebola cases have gone "missing," as victims have fled treatment centers and gone into hiding. 'My biggest problem, as it stands, is getting people to accept the disease,' said Sheik Umar Khan, the doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Kenema's hospital."
"Fear of contracting Ebola has slowed patient turnout at the Redemption Hospital in the Borough of New Kru Town (Liberia). The has virus killed at least four patients and a nurse at the hospital. Most patients are now requesting to be taken to the outpatient department rather than the inpatient department so they can leave the same day. Nurses have been working in fear of contracting the disease."
West Africa: 759 suspected cases, 467 deaths
"The number of deaths attributed to an epidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stood at 467 by Monday, out of 759 known cases in total, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday."
The Red Cross temporarily removed international staff from an Ebola center in Gueckedou, in the southeast of Guinea. Operations were suspended following a threat on a Red Cross vehicle by locals wielding knives. MSF has faced similar threats.
The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised the alert on Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to Level 2 (Restriction Phase). This alert level restricts non-essential movements of Filipinos in these countries and warns them to avoid public places and take extra precautions.
Nurses at the C.H. Rennie Memorial Hospital in Kakata, Liberia have fled their work due to fear of contracting Ebola. The nurses blame the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to treat suspected Ebola patients, saying this endangers their lives and puts their families and communitites at risk. The nurses have refused to work until the PPEs and other safeguards are provided.
A Ugandan doctor serving at Redeption Hospital in New Kru Town has died of Ebola. This is the fourth death of a healthcare worker nationally. There have been 17 newly reported Ebola cases in the country.
"UNICEF reports 90 deaths in Liberia. Of the confirmed cases, 26 are from Lofa County, 1 is from Margibi County, and 16 are from Montserrado County. 9 cases have been healthcare workers, of which 5 have died."
Liberia: 90 deaths
Sierra Leone's President Koroma reported 199 lab-confirmed cases of 388 tested cases, including 65 confirmed deaths and 23 discharged cases in an address to the nation. He adds, 'This is a national fight, and all must be involved. And I strongly believe that our country has the goodwill, the resilience and the determination to scale this challenge.'
Sierra Leone: 199 lab-confirmed cases, 65 confirmed deaths
Liberia: 104 suspected cases, 48 confirmed cases, 66 deaths
Liberia's Health Ministry reports 104 suspected and 48 confirmed cases in the country, including 66 deaths. 35 of these deaths were reported from Lofa County, 2 from Margibi County, and 29 from Montserrado County.
WHO expects outbreak to continue for "several months".
Keiji Fukuda, the WHO assistant director-general of health security, said 'I certainly expect that we are going to be dealing with this outbreak, minimum, for a few months to several months.' He expressed hope that a turnaround would come, with a decrease in cases over the next several weeks.
Guinea: MSF/Doctors Without Borders no longer allowed to visit 20 villages in southern Guinea due to hostility.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) can no longer visit 20 villages in southern Guinea, where healthcare workers have faced too much hostility. “A worrying issue is that because of the lack of understanding of the disease there’s a real problem in communities in southern Guinea with growing hostility towards any foreigners. And this is really due to a lack of effort to explain well enough the reality of the disease,” said Bart Janssens, the MSF director of operations. Janssens stated that MSF, "which has sent 300 staff members and 40 tons of equipment, has reached the limits of what it can do."
West Africa: 779 suspected cases, 481 deaths
The WHO reports a total of 779 cases including 481 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Between July 1 and 2, the countries reported 21 new cases and 14 new deaths.
Public health officials warn that there is a high risk of spread beyond the 60 locations already affected. According to CBC news, however, many experts believe that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unlikely to spread outside of Africa. Some of the main factors allowing the virus to spread so rapidly are cultural practices that are not practiced elsewhere.
Grassroots doctors published a letter in The Lancet warning that many cases in Sierra Leone are going undetected. Their explanation cited Sierra Leone's poverty and lack of doctors, diagnostic tools, a disease-monitoring network, and protective clothing for healthcare workers as reasons why the country is struggling to contain the Ebola outbreak. Many cases are unreported because sick people may choose to self-treat or use traditional medicine rather than go to a hospital. In addition, diagnostic tests are expensive and diagnosis may stigmatize a patient.
Sierra Leone: 254 confirmed cases, 73 deaths, 92 patients undergoing treatment
"The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone said there have been 73 deaths as a result of 254 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus. There are 92 patients currently in treatment centers, the ministry said today in an e-mailed statement. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed 467 people, including at least 32 health workers, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the World Health Organization said yesterday."
An Ebola patient in Guinea has survived the disease after receiving treatment at a MSF center in southern Guinea. His survival has sparked hope that others will beat the odds as well.
"An American (name withheld) has been quarantined at the Nyaho clinic in Accra for a suspected Ebola case."
The individual had previously visited Sierra Leone before arriving in Ghana. Test results have not yet returned.
Guinea: 413 suspected cases, 303 deaths
Liberia: 107 suspected cases, 65 deaths
Sierra Leone: 239 suspected cases, 99 deaths
"In Conakry, MSF has treated 59 Ebola patients, 33 of whom have recovered. In Gueckedou, they have treated 130 patients, and 31 have recovered. In Telimele, they have treated 21, and 16 have recovered. In Macenta, 7 people were treated and 2 recovered. In Sierra Leone, MSF is operating in Kailahun, Kenema, Koindu, and Daru. They treated 45 in Kailahun; 12 died. In Liberia, an MSF team of 4 is supporting the MoH in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola in Monrovia. MSF is handing over operations in Foya to another NGO."
"The US citizen quarantined in Ghana suspected of having Ebola has tested negative for the deadly disease. The Ministry of Health said preliminary tests undertaken by the Noguchi Memorial Research Institute proved negative."
Liberia: 104 supected cases, 48 confirmed cases, 66 deaths
"Liberia's Health Ministry has disclosed that the total number of deaths from the Ebola virus in the country has risen to 66 as of July 2. Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah said of the 66 deaths, Lofa County accounts for 35. Montserrado County, which hosts the Liberian capital Monrovia, accounts for 29, while two deaths are recorded in Margibi County. Mr. Nyesuah put the cumulative probable and suspected cases at 104 and total confirmed cases at 48."
Liberia: 138 suspected cases, 43 deaths
"Making the disclosure yesterday at Capitol Hill during the Senate 45th day sitting in its chambers, Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter S. Coleman, told Plenary that it is essential that funds should be allotted in order to equip the Health Ministry to combat the virus."
"Senator Coleman, who won on the ticket of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in his presentation to his colleagues in chambers, disclosed that there are 138 cases of Ebola in the country currently with 43 deaths recorded. Out of these 43 deaths, 10 health workers have also died in the process."
Liberia: 143 suspected cases, 64 confirmed cases, 81 suspected deaths, 38 confirmed deaths
"Liberia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported two new Ebola cases, bringing the cumulative cases to 143 including 64 confirmed. According to Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyensuah, one new death was reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 81, including 38 confirmed deaths."
"Ever since the outbreak of Ebola, he explained that out of the 433 Screened Ebola cases, 211 have been confirmed positive of the dreadful disease. Out of the 211, Kailahun he expressed has 165; Kenema has 42; Kambia 1; Port Loko 2 and Bo 1. And out of the 211 total infected cases within the country, 67, he revealed, have died of the disease."
Port Loko: 2
Sierra Leone: 211 confirmed cases; 67 deaths
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health reports 315 lab-confirmed Ebola cases including 99 deaths. The disease has reached the capital after an Egyptian patient traveled from Kenema to Freetown.
"There have been 99 Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone out of 315 laboratory-confirmed cases, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The ministry said yesterday that 92 people had died out of 305 cases. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed more than 540 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in an outbreak that according to the World Health Organization may last another three to four months."
"The religious leaders amongst several things agreed to provide Ebola education in their various churches and Sunday schools, homes and communities."
Sierra Leone: 346 lab-confirmed cases of 687 suspected cases, 110 deaths.
15 of those deaths were health personnel
Liberia:163 suspected cases, 94 deaths
"Among the cases, 104 are from Lofa County in northern Liberia where the disease first entered the country from neighboring Guinea, 55 from Montserrado County, 3 from Margibi County and 1 from Bomi County. Of the 94 deaths, 42 have been lab-confirmed."
Following requests made during an 11-nation meeting in Accra, Ghana, the WHO has activated a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Center in Conakry, Guinea. The center will be responsible for tasks including ensuring effective use and deployment of limited, critical resources based on prioritization and objectives.
"A senior health official here has alarmed of the issuance of 'false Ebola vaccine' by imposters, acting as health workers in Monrovia and surroundings. Deputy Health Minister for Research Planning, Ms. Yah Zolia told UNMIL radio Wednesday, July 16 that the Health Ministry is receiving reports of imposters offering Ebola vaccine in some communities."
"New cases of Ebola virus have been found in four additional counties in Liberia, raising the number of affected counties to seven out of a total of 15."
"Sierra Leone, one of three West African nations hit by the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, will create an emergency center to coordinate responses to contain a disease that’s killed 127 people in the country. The center, which will be located at the World Health Organization’s office in the capital Freetown, will act as a central command unit to link district health officials with regional authorities, the health ministry said in an e-mailed statement. Sierra Leone has 397 confirmed cases of Ebola."
"Four nurses working at the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County, have reportedly contracted the Ebola virus, while the test result of the fifth nurse is yet to be released. All four nurses, whose names were not disclosed, have since been transferred to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia and the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville where they are being treated and monitored by doctors."
Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health & Sanitation reports a total of 409 confirmed cases including 139 confirmed deaths. 98 patients have survived and been discharged.
The United Methodist Hospital has reported the first Ebola death in Ganta, Liberia. The patient was a man from Monrovia who was transferred to the hospital.
Sheik Umar Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating over 100 Ebola patients, has contracted the disease himself. 3 nurses working alongside Khan also caught the disease and died. Approximately 100 healthcare workers have been infected so far and 50 have died.
"A doctor at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County has tested positive for Ebola...[he] was transferred to Monrovia for testing along with four nurses, three of whom died yesterday."
A Liberian man is being tested for Ebola in Lagos, Nigeria. This would be the country's first case. Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation, with 170 million people, and Lagos is the country's commercial capital.
Liberian authorities have announced that 75% of the country's 129 Ebola deaths have been women. Liberia has reported a total of 249 cases so far. Many women are vulnerable because they engage in cross-border trade between Liberia and Guinea.
Authorities at Liberia's JFK Memorial Hospital are considering a shutdown of hospital activities for 21 days due to the increase in reported Ebola cases. JFK is one of the biggest state-run referral hospitals. Dr. Samuel Brisbane, one of the hospital's senior medical practitioners, died on Thursday, July 24. Some nurses have fled due to fear of contracting the disease and the hospital's supposed refusal to pay their salary and incentives.
The Liberian man who was being tested for Ebola in Lagos has died and been confirmed as Nigeria's first Ebola case. He arrived and collapsed at the airport in Lagos from Monrovia after a brief stopover in Togo.
The WHO reports 108 new cases and 12 new deaths between July 21 and 23. Guinea had 12 new cases and 5 deaths, Liberia had 25 new cases and 2 deaths, and Sierra Leone had 71 new cases and 5 deaths. The total number of cases is now 1201 including 672 deaths. The distribution is as follows: Guinea, 427 cases (311 confirmed, 99 probable, and 17 suspected) and 319 deaths (208 confirmed, 99 probable, and 12 suspected); Liberia, 249 cases (84 confirmed, 84 probable, and 81 suspected) and 129 deaths (60 confirmed, 50 probable, and 19 suspected); and Sierra Leone, 525 cases (419 confirmed, 56 probable, and 50 suspected) and 224 deaths (188 confirmed, 33 probable, and 3 suspected). The WHO is also conducting tests to confirm Nigeria's first suspected case and death. Initial tests conducted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital were positive for the virus.
Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a prominent doctor in Liberia, has died after a three-week battle with Ebola. A U.S. doctor, Kent Brantly, has also been infected and is being treated in Monrovia.
Nigeria is on high alert after the death of a Liberian man in Lagos. Officials in Togo also went on high alert. "Wider screening and re-checking of patients entering local hospitals have been stepped up...Nigerian airports are now setting up holding rooms to [be] ready in case another Ebola victim arrives in the country."
Two Americans have now contracted Ebola while working to combat the disease in Liberia. Dr. Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol were both working at a Samaritan's Purse compound in Liberia when they fell ill.
A former nurse in Kenema, Sierra Leone, has called Ebola a ruse "aimed at carrying out cannibalistic rituals." The rumor spread when she spoke to local residents at a fish market.
A woman suffering from the first confirmed case of Ebola in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, has died of the disease. She was forcibly removed from the hospital by relatives and later died en route to an Ebola treatment center when she decided again to seek treatment.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana has dismissed claims about an Ebola outbreak. The suspected patient was rumored to have been traveling with the disease from Liberia, but authorities say they are about 90% sure the patient is not suffering from Ebola.
The Liberian Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has shut down temporarily for sanitizing following the death of Patrick Sawyer, Coordinator of the ECOWAS National Unit. Mr. Sawyer's death was the first confirmed case in Nigeria. All senior officials who had contact with Mr. Sawyer have been placed under surveillance and requested to telecommute.
Two North Carolina-based missionary groups, SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse, have called for evacuation of non-essential personnel from Liberia. A doctor and missionary from these groups have already fallen ill.
Two sick passengers have been quarantined and tested for Ebola; one in Hong Kong and one in Birmingham, England. The case in Hong Kong is a woman who recently returned from Africa with Ebola-like symptoms and is in a hospital isolation ward while testing is conducted. The Birmingham case is a man who arrived from Nigeria and was taken to hospital isolation after reporting that he felt feverish.
New report by Liberia's health ministry puts Ebola case counts as follows: Total deaths: 181. "Of these, the total confirmed deaths are 82, total suspected deaths 23 and total probable deaths 76" Total cases: 360. "Of these, total suspected cases stand at 101, total probable cases 158 and total confirmed cases at 101". The report indicated that there have been 47 cases of health workers infected with Ebola in the country, of which 28 have died.
"Emory University Hospital officials say there are plans for an American aid worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola to be transferred there for treatment." The identity of the patient, who is to be flown to the U.S., has not yet been released.
"World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan told the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at a meeting in Conakry...'This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it. If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries'."
West Africa: 1,440 suspected cases, 826 deaths
"According to the UN health agency as of 30 July 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the four countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria) stands at 1,440 including 826 deaths."
"The distribution and classification of the EVD cases are as follows: Guinea, 472 cases (337 confirmed, 122 probable, and 12 suspected) including 346 deaths; Liberia, 391 cases (109 confirmed, 181 probable, and 101 suspected) including 227 deaths; Sierra Leone, 574 cases (507 confirmed, 41 probable, and 26 suspected) including 252 deaths; and Nigeria, 3 cases (1 probable and 2 suspected) and 1 death."
"Dr Kent Brantly touched down in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday to receive specialist care at Emory University Hospital after contracting the deadly disease, which has killed more than 700 people in west Africa. Missionary Dr Brantly, who became infected in Liberia, will be joined by fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol, 59, in a few days. Both are thought to be in a critical condition and will be admitted to an isolation unit for infectious diseases, in a hospital reportedly well equipped to deal with dangerous viruses."
"An elderly woman who died shortly after arriving in the UK from West Africa has tested negative for the Ebola virus. The woman, thought to be in her early 70s, arrived at Gatwick Airport on a Gambia Bird flight from The Gambia and health officials said she was tested for the deadly virus that has struck in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia."
"A Nigerian doctor has been diagnosed with Ebola, nearly three weeks after a Liberian-American man with Ebola died after traveling to Lagos, Nigerian officials said Monday."
"Hundreds of troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia...to quarantine communities hit by the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak reached 887 and three new cases were reported in Nigeria."
New WHO case counts bring outbreak total to 1,663 cases, 887 deaths.
"Plane carrying second American infected with Ebola leaves Liberia"
"A total of 268 people had died of the virus as of August 2, said Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah. On July 28, the Health Ministry had recorded 181 deaths, a week earlier 130 deaths. Among the dead were 37 health workers"
"The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa landed via chartered plane in the Atlanta area Tuesday morning, three days after the first American patient's arrival, and was headed to the same specialized isolation unit for treatment. The second patient arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, late Tuesday morning in a plane from Monrovia, Liberia's capital, and was headed to Emory University Hospital."
"Grand Bassa County Superintendent Etweda Cooper said the first case of Ebola has been reported in the county. Speaking over the weekend in Buchanan, Madam Cooper said an unidentified man died at the Catholic Health Center in Buchanan and was buried on Thursday. She added that his blood sample was taken to the laboratory and was tested and confirmed positive the next day."
"She added that the two health workers that came in contact with this man at the Catholic Health Center are currently undergoing observation at medical facilities in Buchanan."
"Nigerian health authorities acknowledged Tuesday that they did not immediately quarantine a sick airline passenger who later died of Ebola, announcing that eight health workers who had direct contact with him were now in isolation with symptoms of the disease."
"A doctor who cared for Sawyer has tested positive for the disease, and seven other health workers are now showing symptoms so have been placed in isolation. They are among 14 people who had "serious direct contact" with Sawyer, most of them at the hospital, Idris said. Authorities say they are also following the conditions of 56 other people who had "primary contact" with Sawyer — presumably less at risk than those in the first group."
"A Nigerian nurse became the second person to die of the Ebola virus in Africa’s most populous nation, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said, while officials suspected a patient died of the disease in Saudi Arabia."
"The Nigerian health worker, who died yesterday, had helped treat Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who fell ill from the virus after arriving on a flight to Lagos, the commercial capital. He was taken to a hospital in the city and died five days later on July 25."
"Nigeria has five other confirmed cases of Ebola in Lagos, a city of about 20 million people, Chukwu said in a statement handed to reporters today in Abuja, the capital of Africa’s biggest economy."
West Africa: 1,711 suspected cases, 932 deaths
"A Saudi national, who fell ill after returning from Sierra Leone, died early Wednesday in his hospital isolation ward where he was being tested for the Ebola virus, said the Saudi Health Ministry. The 40-year-old returned on Sunday from Sierra Leone, where there has been an Ebola outbreak, and was then hospitalized in Jiddah after showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever."
"... Emergency Committee meeting to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a 'public health emergency of international concern'...This is the first time the WHO Emergency Committee is being convened to deliberate on the Ebola Virus."
Spanish missionary to be airlifted out of Liberia for Ebola treatment after being in quarantine at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Monrovia
"Spain has been preparing to accept Europe’s first confirmed case of the Ebola virus. A medically-equipped military jet has been sent to Liberia to repatriate Miguel Pajares, 75, a Spanish missionary priest working at a hospital in the West African country."
"Liberia's president has declared a state of emergency in the West African nation amid an Ebola outbreak that shows no signs of slowing. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made the announcement on national television late Wednesday, saying that some civil rights may have to be suspended as a result of the crisis."
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday placed their emergency operations center in Atlanta on the highest response level because of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The move comes as more cases of the deadly virus have migrated from rural villages and towns in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to urban areas in Nigeria, where it could spread more quickly."
Nigeria's Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, says Ebola outbreak a "national emergency"
"Police and soldiers in Sierra Leone blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, a senior officer said, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people."
"In eastern Sierra Leone — the worst-hit area of the country — the head of police said security forces deployed last night "to establish a complete blockade" of Kenema and Kailahun districts, setting up 16 checkpoints on major roads. "No vehicles or persons are allowed into or out of the districts," Alfred Karrow-Kamara told Reuters, saying the measures would last for an initial 50-day period. He said traders who had registered with security agencies would be able to bring in food and medicines. Security forces would mount foot patrols to ensure civilians did not slip past their roadblocks through the bush."
"The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. On Friday, WHO announced the Ebola outbreak — the largest and longest in history — is worrying enough to merit being declared an international health emergency. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May. This agency had convened an expert committee this week to assess the severity of the ongoing epidemic in West Africa. The current outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola and the death rate has been about 50 percent."
"A man from Brampton, Ontario is being treated for Ebola-like symptoms after travelling to West Africa but doctors are warning the public not to jump to conclusions, as the presence of Ebola has not been confirmed."
"Guinea announced the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, a virus that has killed nearly 1,000 people in the three countries this year. "We have provisionally closed the frontier between Guinea and Sierra Leone because of all the news that we have received from there recently," Health Minister Rémy Lamah told a news conference, noting that Guinea had also closed its border with Liberia."
"A Saudi Arabian man who died of a heart attack on Wednesday while showing signs similar to Ebola was not infected with the virus, early test results show."
"Kenya's health officials confirmed Saturday a man who had been put in isolation with fever had tested negative for the deadly tropical disease Ebola. Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, Nicholas Muraguri told Xinhua by telephone that the passenger from Entebbe, Uganda en route to DR Congo who had been isolated earlier at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) tested negative after intensive screening."
"Researchers have revealed the Ebola outbreak currently sweeping across West Africa may have begun with the death of a two-year-old boy in December. The team of contagious disease experts traced the outbreak to the village of Guéckédou in Guinea, where a toddler died after falling ill with Ebola-like symptoms. A week after the child’s death on December 6, several members of his family including his mother and grandmother also fell ill and died."
"Liberia president apologises for high toll for Ebola health workers"
"Guinea borders with Sierra Leone, Liberia stay open"
"Sierra Leone doctor confirmed with Ebola"
"Zambia, Gambia impose new restrictions (Recasts, adds that Guinea says it has not closed its borders, contrary to an earlier announcement"
"A male passenger, who landed in Chennai from Guinea on Saturday night, has been kept under observation for suspected case of Ebola. Senior officials in the health department said the man, hailing from Theni district of Tamil Nadu, approached the health facility at the airport and asked to be checked."
Nigeria's Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khalliru Alhassan says that the "federal government has banned movement of corpses from one state of the federation to another until there a noticeable reduction in the spread of the disease."
"According to the Minister, all dead bodies would be buried wherever they die so that the chances of transporting the disease either from within or outside would be curtailed."
In Ghana: "Reports say three persons have been isolated at the Nsawam Government hospital in the Eastern Region for supposedly showing signs of the Ebola attack. MultiTV's Matilda Womegah, who visited the hospital, said blood samples of the patients have been taken for medical testing at the Noguchi Memorial Institute."
"A Nigerian man in Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus, said Chinese media. He had been placed in quarantine after he was suspected of carrying the virus."
"Test results of the Canadian citizen, who was hospitalized in Toronto with Ebola symptoms after he came back from Nigeria, showed no indication of the deadly virus, Reuters reported citing local doctors"
"A 25-year-old man who was being monitored for Ebola in an isolation ward at the Government General Hospital in Chennai was discharged on Sunday afternoon. Doctors at the hospital said the man showed no symptoms of being infected and all his vitals were normal. He was taken to his hometown in Theni district on Tamil Nadu on a 108 ambulance. The man arrived in Chennai on Saturday night from Guinea. He had approached the health facility at the airport asking to be tested for the virus."
"Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine. The quarantine is set to last for three weeks from the last exposure to someone infected in the West African Ebola outbreak, which is centred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the officials said."
"The Government of Liberia (GoL) has deployed soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) in Bomi County, one of the four counties the government had declared a no go area. In an effort to combat the fast growing Ebola virus in the country, the government declared Lofa, Bong, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties as no go area. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis G. Brown said the four counties, including Montserrado County had been identified as "intensively" affected areas by the virus."
"Rwanda’s health officials placed a patient allegedly infected with the Ebola virus in quarantine, said a statement on the website of the Rwandan government. “Today late in the afternoon, a patient at King Faisal Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms has been put in isolation as we wait for his test results,” the statement said. The results of the tests are expected within 48 hours. The suspected case is a medical student from Europe, although his nationality is not specified."
Kenya: "A passenger from Entebbe isolated earlier on Saturday at JKIA for fear of having Ebola virus has tested negative the ministry of health has announced."
"In Uganda, health officials on Friday announced a man they had isolated since Wednesday at Entebbe, suspecting he had Ebola, tested negative."
"A 31-year-old man from Mumbai who has returned from Nigeria is suspected to be infected with the deadly Ebola vius, the worst outbreak of which is raging in four countries in West Africa. The man, who was in Nigeria for some work, returned to Mumbai from West Africa after the Ebola outbreak. But soon afterwards, he began experiencing body pains and diarrhoea, and got in touch with the Health Department. "
"Mauritanian authorities on Sunday decided to deny entry to citizens from African countries hit by Ebola to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. In a statement, the Health Ministry said the decision applies to the citizens of Liberia and Seirra Leone. Mauritania stepped up health checks at its border with Senegal and Mali, a Mauritanian health ministry official said, but so far no suspicious cases had been detected."
"The Ivory Coast announced Monday that it has banned all flights from countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus. The government said in a statement that it has banned all carriers from transporting passengers from these countries. It has also suspended flights by its national airline to and from these locations."
"The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has reached 1,013 after another 52 people died in the three days to Aug. 9 in three West African countries, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The largest number of reported new deaths were in Liberia, where 29 people died, followed by 17 in Sierra Leone and six in Guinea, the WHO said in a statement on its website. The total number of cases rose to 1,848, it said."
"U.S. President Barack Obama and the Food and Drug Administration have approved a request from Liberia's government to send sample doses of an experimental drug to treat Liberian doctors infected with Ebola, the Liberian presidency said in a statement. The statement, posted on the Liberian presidency's official website, said the experimental drugs would be delivered to the West African country this week by a representative of the U.S. government, following a direct appeal to Obama on Friday by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf."
"Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization, has also authorised the dispatch of additional doses of the experimental drug to Liberia to support the treatment of affected doctors, the statement said. Those doses will be delivered by a WHO expert this week."
"A panel of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000."
"In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention," the UN's health agency said in a statement."
"Liberia will receive enough of an experimental Ebola drug to treat just two infected Liberian doctors, Information Minister Lewis Brown said, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its export. Brown said Liberia's Health Ministry had contacted the U.S. manufacturer of ZMapp, Mapp Biopharmaceutical, and asked the FDA to quickly approve its export. The doctors had consented in writing to the treatment, the minister said."
"A Spanish priest who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has died in hospital, health authorities in Madrid have confirmed. Father Miguel Parajes (75) was the first European infected by a strain of the virus that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa."
"Guinea-Bissau is closing its border with Guinea, one of the west African countries hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira said Tuesday, cited by AFP. "In light of information provided by the health ministry and after a series of consultations, the government of Guinea-Bissau has decided to close its southern and eastern borders" with Guinea "until further notice," Pereira told a press conference."
"The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, announced today the death of Jatto Abdulqudir, a member of its staff, from the Ebola virus. Abdulqudir is the third person in Nigeria to die of the disease, following the initial Liberian case, Patrick Sawyer, and a nurse who attended to him after he collapsed in Lagos."
"Liberia will begin to apply today an experimental vaccine against Ebola virus, said Health Minister, Walter Gwenigale."
"Officials from the Health Ministry have said that two Nigerian passengers, who were put under medical supervision at the İstanbul Atatürk Airport on suspicions that they have the Ebola virus, are suffering from malaria. The officials added that whether the passengers have the Ebola virus has not yet been determined, but the passengers are still being medically examined. A female passenger and her child from a Turkish Airlines (THY) flight traveling from Lagos, Nigeria, to İstanbul on Tuesday morning were put under medical supervision at İstanbul Atatürk Airport after they showed symptoms of fever and vomiting."
"Sidie Yayah Tunis, director of communications for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, announced that Modupeh Cole died Wednesday. The U.S.-trained Cole was one of the lead doctors working in the Ebola isolation ward in Connaught Hospital in Freetown, the capital."
"There have been 56 more deaths in a 48-hour period in West Africa's ebola outbreak, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,069."
"In the two days to August 11, there were 128 new cases, meaning a total of 1,975, according to the World Health Organisation."
"There have also been three deaths in Nigeria, following the worst-ever outbreak which began in March."
"The Federal Government on Wednesday said a total of 198 persons are currently being quarantined for the Ebola Virus Disease. It said while 177 are being quarantined in Lagos where the index case was reported, 21 persons are being attended to in Enugu."
"Maku said Enugu came into the picture because one of the nurses that treated the American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the country disobeyed medical advice and travelled to Enugu. He said all those the nurse had contacts with, including her husband, are currently being quarantined."
"Guinean President Alpha Conde late on Wednesday declared a national health emergency over Ebola virus outbreak, according to Agence France-Presse. "The World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency over Ebola. Considering that Guinea is a signatory to the WHO constitution I declare Ebola a national health emergency in Guinea," Conde said in a statement."
"Nigerian Minister for Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed that the Lagos nurse who travelled to Enugu against medical advice is now back in Lagos and is under quarantine with her husband. The suspect, identified as a nurse, said to have travelled to her home town to visit her family, is now under surveillance with 20 others she came into contact with in the city."
Nigeria's Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu gave a news briefing on the Ebola outbreak: " 'Nigeria has now recorded 10 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Out of these, four have died and eight are currently under treatment. It is important to note that the number of confirmed cases remains 10 as at today and not 11 as earlier announced this morning.' ... The fourth death recorded today was a Nigerian nurse who participated in the initial management of the index case. 'The total number of persons under surveillance in Lagos is now 169. These are all secondary contacts as all the primary contacts have completed the 21-day incubation period and have been delisted to resume their normal lives.' "
WHO released new outbreak case counts. Outbreak total: 2127 cases, 1145 deaths.
Guinea: 519 cases, 380 deaths.
Liberia: 786 cases, 413 deaths.
Sierra Leone: 810 cases, 348 deaths.
Nigeria: 12 cases, 4 deaths.
"Health Minister James Macharia said Kenya is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the countries most affected by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak. National carrier Kenya Airways also said it would suspend its flights to Freetown and Monrovia when the ban takes effect on Wednesday."
"At least 29 ebola patients have reportedly fled a treatment centre in Liberia after it was attacked by armed men. "They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled," Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack, told AFP news agency. Local residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberia confirmed the attack had taken place."
"Seventeen Ebola patients are missing after fleeing an attack on an isolation ward in Monrovia by armed youths claiming the epidemic does not exist, training the spotlight on the struggle to raise awareness in the fight against the deadly virus."
"The head of Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams, said the unit housed 29 patients who "had all tested positive for Ebola" and were receiving preliminary treatment before being taken to hospital. "Of the 29 patients, 17 fled last night (after the assault). Nine died four days ago and three others were yesterday taken by force by their relatives" from the centre, he said. "
"Cameroon has closed all its land, sea and air borders with Nigeria in a move to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus...No cases of Ebola have been recorded so far in Cameroon which shares a nearly 2,000-kilometre-long (1,240-mile) border with Nigeria, where the virus has claimed four lives with about a dozen people infected."
"Seventeen suspected Ebola patients who went missing in Liberia after a health centre in the capital was attacked have been found, a minister has said. The BBC reports: 'They were traced and finally they turned themselves in' at a treatment centre, Lewis Brown, an information minister, told the BBC. The government had previously denied they were missing...The Liberian information minister said the missing patients were now at the newly expanded treatment unit opened over the weekend at the John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in the capital, Monrovia. Mr Brown also said the health of three Liberian doctors infected with Ebola had improved after they receiving the experimental drug Zmapp."
"More than 1,200 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the current outbreak, and more than 2,200 have been sickened, the WHO said...The WHO said it is seeing some encouraging signs in other parts of West Africa. In Guinea, people from villages that had previously rejected outside help were beginning to seek medical care, according to a WHO statement. The statement said the situation is 'less alarming' in Guinea than in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Although the outbreak began in Guinea, Liberia has now recorded the highest number of deaths and Sierra Leone the most cases. The WHO also said there is 'cautious optimism' that the spread of the virus in Nigeria can be stopped. So far, all recorded cases have been linked to one man, who flew from Liberia to Nigeria while infected."
"Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum in Monrovia that is home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital. Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Security forces also will be ensuring that no one enters or leaves West Point, a slum in the capital where angry residents attacked an Ebola observation center over the weekend. Johnson-Sirleaf declared a state of emergency early this month. 'We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government,' she said. 'As a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs.' 'May God bless us all and save the state' ."
"Nigeria's toll from Ebola hit five as another death was reported, according to the local newspaper Vanguard...Nigerian doctor Ameyo Stella Adadevoh contracted the virus while treating Liberian government consultant Patrick Sawyer"
"The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials told AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma. 'She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. People from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment,' Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the hard-hit district of Kenema, told AFP. 'She got infected and died. During her funeral, women around the other towns also got infected'."
"Onyebuchi Chukwu Nigeria’s Minister of Health has said the nation may be free of Ebola within a week as the number of people being treated for the virus dropped to two. 'It will be a matter of maybe one week’s time because we have only two cases now of Ebola virus disease and both of them are in an isolation ward,' ... The country has enough equipment to contain the outbreak, Chukwu said."
"The death toll from the Ebola oubreak in West Africa has risen to 1,350, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with 106 new deaths reported between August 17-18 in three countries."
"At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. A WHO report dated Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people had contracted the disease, of whom 70 died. Five health care workers, including one doctor, are among the dead."
"As Liberia struggles to contain the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus which is new to the country, a former Liberian diplomat to France, the People's Republic of China, the United Nations, Cuba, other countries, says it is time that the Government of Liberia turns over full executive control of international efforts to fight Ebola to the international partners who have come to assist in fighting the scourge."
"Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities...Nigeria's total of confirmed infections is now 16. Five of them have died and five have recovered; the rest are being treated in isolation in Lagos, the commercial capital where Sawyer's flight landed."
"Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as other affected west African nations scrambled to contain the spread of the killer virus. After seeing people fall to the deadly disease in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 576 deaths."
WHO reports 2615 cases and 1427 deaths.
"Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of 'shadow zones' where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday."
"'We think six to nine months is a reasonable estimate,' Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security, said during a visit to Liberia, speaking of the time the agency now believes will be required to halt the epidemic."
"On Friday, the Central African country of Gabon announced it was barring all flights and ships from Ebola-stricken countries."
"Ivory Coast has closed its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia."
"'Faced with new outbreak sites and the reactivation of old sites ... the Ivorian government decides to close its land borders with sister republics Guinea and Liberia,' said a statement read on state-owned television late on Friday."
David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola stated that the UN is looking to significantly scale up their response to the outbreak.
"In parts of Liberia, WHO said, a phenomenon is occurring that has never before been seen in an Ebola outbreak. As soon as a new treatment facility is opened, it is immediately filled with patients, many of whom were not previously identified."
"'This phenomenon strongly suggests the existence of an invisible caseload of patients who are not being detected by the surveillance system,' the UN health agency said."
"WHO reiterated that it does not recommend any ban on international travel or trade. It stresses that closing borders doesn’t work and is detrimental, as affected countries will be pushed towards a humanitarian crisis and the international community’s ability to fight and reverse the Ebola outbreak will be hampered."
"Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak."
Lawmaker, Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai said "the measure was necessary to compel residents to cooperate with government officials, noting that some residents had resisted steps to combat Ebola and build isolation centers in their communities."
"The Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday confirmed its first two cases this year of Ebola but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic ravaging West Africa. 'The results are positive. The Ebola virus is confirmed in DRC,' Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi told AFP"
"Earlier this week Kabange had announced the deaths of 13 people with haemorrhagic symptoms, and had said dozens of others who had come into contact with them were being monitored."
"An expert from the World Health Organization, operating in Sierra Leone to fight against the Ebola epidemic, contracted the deadly virus, according to a statement released on Sunday by the WHO. According to a spokesman for the WHO in Geneva, the person in question is an expert in epidemiology. This is the first time, the WHO added, that a member of its teams on the field is infected with the virus. The person 'is receiving the best possible treatment,' and an evacuation to another clinic is being considered."
"Nigeria on Monday revised down the number of confirmed Ebola cases in the country to 13, including five deaths, blaming the reporting of a 14th case on a false positive."
"All five deaths from Ebola and confirmed cases have occurred in the country's financial capital, Lagos, from a single chain of transmission."
"Nigeria's health minister said on Tuesday authorities had 'thus far contained' the Ebola outbreak that started last month, with only one out of 13 confirmed cases still being treated in isolation in the commercial capital Lagos. Onyebuchi Chukwu said of the other cases that five had died and the other seven had been discharged. The remaining one was the spouse of one of the doctors who treated Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who brought the virus to Africa's most populous nation."
"A total of 13 people, including five health workers, have now died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a report by the UN. The government has said it will be quarantining the area around the town of Djera, in the northwestern jungle province of Equateur, where a high number of suspected cases has been reported."
"The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and 'continues to accelerate', the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. The epidemic in the region, the deadliest since the disease was first discovered in 1976, has killed nearly as many people as all the previous known outbreaks combined. 'More than 40 percent of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,' the United Nations health agency said in a statement."
"The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could eventually exceed 20,000 cases - more than six times the current level, the World Health Organisation says. SHARE A new study by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported."
"At least 40% of the cases have been in the last three weeks, the WHO said, adding that 'the outbreak continues to accelerate'."
"The unnamed doctor, according to news website, Sahara Reporters, secretly treated a diplomat who had contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, who brought the virus to Nigeria. The doctor reportedly died on Friday, while his wife had also taken ill and now quarantined in Port Harcourt. The diplomat treated by the doctor is still alive, the report said. The diplomat is believed to be among those who met Mr. Sawyer on his arrival in Lagos. He then flew to Port Harcourt where he took ill. He was treated at an unnamed hotel in the Rivers state capital, an official said."
"This development, if confirmed will be a big blow to Nigeria’s effort to contain the deadly virus. With only one case being treated in Lagos, the Minister of Health had declared Tuesday that Nigeria had succeeded in checkmating the spread of the virus in the country."
"The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told a news conference on Friday. The minister said the case was a Guinean national who had arrived from the neighbouring West African country, where the deadly virus was first detected in March."
"Riots broke out in Guinea's second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Cross official and residents said on Friday. A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and pistols, set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order. Gunshots were fired by the rioters and several people were injured, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Cross."
"Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning will not mean there is no Ebola in the West Point Slum. But authorities feel confident they can screen for the sick and that the community now actively fighting the disease. The slum of 50,000 people in Liberia's capital was sealed off more than a week ago, sparking unrest and leaving many without access to food or safe water."
"Health workers have gone on strike at a major Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday. 'The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid out allowances and we lack some tools,' said Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the clinic. Clothing to protect health workers being infected from the deadly virus is inadequate and there is only one broken stretcher which is used to carry both patients and corpses, he added."
"The latest data released by Guinea's health ministry shows that at least 690 Ebola cases have been confirmed in the country, out of which 460 people have died."
"A total of 143 patients were cured and discharged from treatment centers while 86 cases are still undergoing treatment in health centers. Since the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, 45 health workers have been infected with the virus and 26 of them have died while nine others are still hospitalized."
"One of the three persons taken to the Ebola virus quarantine centre in Oduoha, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, has tested positive for the disease. The latest case, an elderly woman, contracted the virus in Good Heart Hospital, the health facility where Iyke Enemuo, the doctor who treated a Nigerian ECOWAS diplomat, Koye Olu-Ibukun, died last week."
"According to him, as of August 31, 2014, the total number of cases of EVD in Nigeria stood at 17 while the total number of cases treated at the isolation ward in Lagos State is 14. Also, the total number of those discharged is seven while the total number of deaths among those treated in Lagos is five. The total number currently under treatment in Lagos is two. Chukwu said the three confirmed cases not treated in Lagos comprised Olu-Ibukun, Enemuo and the elderly woman in Port Harcourt."
"Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the West African nation. John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)", the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases. 'From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs,' he said."
"Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The university student is Senegal's first case of the dreaded disease. The 21-year-old left Guinea on Aug. 15, just days after his brother died of the disease, according to Guinea's Health Ministry. It said that the brother apparently caught Ebola in Sierra Leone. The student travelled by road, crossing into Senegal despite a border closure. He arrived in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, on Aug. 20, according to the World Health Organization, and was staying with relatives on the outskirts of the city. The agency said that on Aug. 23, he went to a medical facility seeking treatment for fever, diarrhea and vomiting -- all symptoms of Ebola but also many other diseases. But he concealed from doctors that he had had contact with infected people. He was treated instead for malaria and continued to stay with his relatives before turning up at a Dakar hospital on Aug. 26. Senegal's Health Ministry said Sunday that it has since traced everyone the student came into contact with, and they are being examined twice a day."
Death toll from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Cong) has increased from 13 to 31, an advisor to the minister of health said Tuesday. 'The official account was 13 deaths, and then we add the 18 deaths, giving us a total of 31 deaths,' said Dr. Shodu Lomani to Xinhua. The Ebola outbreak was recorded in Djera, a remote region in the country's northwest province of Equateur. The government has banned travels out of the affected region by any one who may show signs of the Ebola virus disease, said Lomani. It was the DR Congo's seventh Ebola outbreak, which the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) said has no links with the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa."
"The sister of late Dr Iyke Enemuo who died of the Ebola virus in Port Harcourt has been sent to the Ebola quarantine centre in Emohua local government area, Rivers state. Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Dr Sampson Parker who made this known Monday said she had to be sent there because she showed symptoms of the disease, adding that result of the Ebola test done on her would be released later in the day."
Dr. Sampson Parker went on to say: "'Sister of Dr Iyke Enemuo who went to Abia State, we have brought her back. She is symptomanic and we have sent her to the quarantined centre. The three cases we had at the quarantine centre, two tested negative while one, an elderly lady who was in the same room with the late Dr Enemuo at the hospital where he was admitted tested positive. The two cases who tested negative were the doctor and Pharmacist at the late Dr Enemuo hospital. They have Left the quarantine centre but we are still watching them within the 21 days period.',"
"Nigeria will soon get a Japanese drug to treat Ebola, the country’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said on Monday. The drug named Favipiravir and developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings in Japan, could be delivered anytime soon in Nigeria, Xinhua quoted Chukwu as telling reporters here. Apart from the Japanese drug, the west African country had also applied for another anti-Ebola drug alongside two other vaccines which have been positively identified by the local Treatment Research Group (TRG) in Nigeria. 'The TRG has been working hard to identify experimental drugs like Zmapp, and also make recommendations to government on further research on these drugs as well as vaccines for EVD treatment and prevention,' Chukwu said. The Nigerian minister said the drug was considered as it has strong anti-viral property against Ebola virus in-vitro and in-vivo. 'These and the fact that it is considered safe, having passed through phases one and two clinical trails makes it good candidate drug for use in emergency situation as the EVD,' he added."
"Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labor shortages are putting the upcoming harvest season at serious risk, FAO warned today. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, quarantine zones and restrictions on people's movement aimed at combating the spread of the virus, although necessary, have seriously curtailed the movement and marketing of food. This has lead to panic buying, food shortages and significant food price hikes on some commodities, especially in urban centers, according to a special alert issued today by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS)."
"The CDC director said it was upsetting during his visit to see the shortage of hospital beds and the lack of a rapid response needed to prevent a single cluster of Ebola from becoming a large outbreak. There is widespread transmission in Liberia and strong signs it will happen in Sierra Leone in the near future, he said. 'World is losing the battle' Frieden said more resources, expertise and a unified response are needed. 'The number of cases is increasing so quickly that for every day's delay it becomes that much harder to stop it'."
"In a speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders, denounced the lack of deployment of resources to address the outbreak, which the group says has overstretched ministries of health and private non-governmental organizations. 'Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it' "