The CDC has updated case counts for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and beyond. Link here to the World Health Organization’s most recent situation report (from Nov 21st).
The CDC and WHO have updated the case counts for this week, with the total deaths in West Africa at 5,147.
The Liberian President has ended the state of emergency that was declared to control the ebola outbreak in that country.
Doctors Without Borders said it will host clinical trials starting next month in three Ebola treatment centers experimenting with drugs for off-label uses, shortening the usual lengthy process used to find treatments through study with animals and healthy people.
The trials’ protocols are in the final stages of development and are designed with a simple target of 14-day survival and with broad inclusion criteria. The protocols will ensure that disruption to patient care will be minimal, that internationally-accepted medical and research ethical standards are respected, and that sound scientific data will be produced and shared for public good. The main principles and designs have been shared with the respective countries’ ethical authorities, with the goal of starting the first trials during December 2014. Initial results could be available in February 2015.
The two drugs, brincidofovir and favipiravir, were selected from WHO’s shortlist of potential Ebola treatments after careful review of safety and efficacy profiles, product availability, and ease of administration to patients.
Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on November 13 at 8:00 PM EST for a special update on the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
The panel will include MSF aid workers recently returned from assignments in Guinea and Liberia, along with members of MSF headquarters staff. This wide-ranging discussion will include first-hand accounts of working with patients and communities, the ongoing problem of fear and stigma in West Africa and here in the US, and the challenges facing the international community going forward.
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Some good news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The latest situation report from the World Health Organization shows that new cases in Liberia, the country with the highest number of cases to date, are decreasing!!! That is welcome news, and indicates that the fight against the outbreak is working!!
There appears to be some evidence of a decline at the national level in Liberia, although new case numbers remain high in parts of the country. While Liberia did not report any confirmed cases in its situation reports in the past week, it reported 89 probable cases.
There is also some good news about Ebola in the US! Info on the CDC website shows that almost all of the possible Ebola contacts in Dallas have completed monitoring, meaning they are beyond the crucial 21 days! Of the 177 potential contacts, only 27 are still being monitored! Woohoo!
The CDC has reported updated case counts for the ebola outbreak, including an updated figure of 13,703 cases of ebola, with 7,637 lab-confirmed cases. The total death count stands at 4,922. This includes an updated figure based on better patient databases. New figures, charts, and maps can be found on the updated World Health Organization situation report here.
The total number cases of Ebola in the USA is currently at 9, with only 2 of those being transmitted within the country. The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is somewhere around 10,000! The World Health Organization has reported the first Ebola case in the West African country of Mali. While most of NYC is currently suffering from fear-bola (due to the latest ebola case in an NYC doctor), the spread of the ebola virus to Mali is much more unsettling. It signals the continued spread of the outbreak within and to countries much less equipped to handle the virus than the United States. The US health system has proven quite resilient, with only 2 transmitted cases amongst the many contacts and healthcare workers that could have had potential exposure to the virus. Hopefully this will continue with increased contact tracing, monitoring, and awareness. I also hope that the case in Mali is isolated and does not spread, but it should serve as yet another warning that until the outbreak in West Africa is handled, more ebola cases will continue to crop up around the globe.
The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000.
Luckily, the United States still only has 3 cases, emphasizing the ability of our healthcare system to effectively contain ebola. The CDC has also released a fact sheet for healthcare workers, ‘Could it be Ebola?‘ which is also interesting for non-healthcare workers.
The CDC has reported updated case numbers on the Ebola Outbreak, with just under 3,900 dead. Additionally, the ‘CDC is implementing enhanced entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94% of travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.’
A report from Reuters states that the World Health Organization has updated their case count as well, although they state that over 4000 deaths have occurred in this outbreak.
The number of people known to have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record has risen to 4,033 out of 8,399 cases in seven countries by the end of Oct 8, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
The death toll includes 2,316 in Liberia, 930 in Sierra Leone, 778 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria and 1 in the United States. The data include one case each in Spain and Senegal but no deaths. A separate Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 43 people out of 71 cases.
The World Health Organization has released an assessment of the West African Ebola outbreak 6 months after it began.
On 23 March, the World Health Organization published formal notification of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea on its website. On 8 August, WHO declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.
The WHO assessment examines the beginning of the outbreak in different countries, how the outbreak spread, what WHO has done to combat the outbreak, and how the outbreak may progress in the future. Check out the 9 essays of the assessment.
Ebola at 6 months
The CDC has updated the number of reported cases of Ebola for today, September 18th. There is also a breakdown of cases by country, including the first case in Senegal, which ‘is related to a man who traveled there from Guinea.’ For updates on development of treatments and vaccines, go to the CDC page here. See previous CauseScience posts related to the ongoing West African outbreak of Ebola.
(Updated September 18, 2014)
- Total Case Count: 5347
- Total Deaths: 2630
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 3095
Cases by Country
- Total Case Count: 942
- Total Deaths: 601
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 750
- Total Case Count: 2710
- Total Deaths: 1459
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 812
- Total Case Count: 21
- Total Case Deaths: 8
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 19
- Total Case Count: 1
- Total Case Deaths: 0
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1
- Total Case Count: 1673
- Total Case Deaths: 562
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1513
Here’s the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes we have never seen before. It’s spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It is spreading faster and exponentially.
Today, thousand of people in West Africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands. And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us.
So this is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security, it’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down, if their economies break down, if people panic. That has profound effects on all of us even if we are not directly contracting the disease.