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24 Nov 2014 description

Stolen Ebola blood 'lost for good' says Guinea

Conakry, Guinée | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 19:32 GMT | 364 words

Guinea said on Monday a cooler carrying a stolen blood sample infected with the deadly Ebola virus, stolen en route to a test centre, was unlikely ever to be found.

A gang of robbers held up a taxi last week near the town of Kissidougou which was transporting the sample from central Kankan prefecture to southern Gueckedou, around 265 kilometres (165 miles) away.

24 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· The UN system and partners in the fight against Ebola are paying a special tribute to the memory of Marcel Rudasingwa, who passed away suddenly on 17 November 2014 in Conakry.

· Since last week, 127 new cases of Ebola have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 2,055 (1,729 confirmed; 210 probable and 64 suspected cases).

24 Nov 2014 description

I. Points saillants - Mission de la logistique nationale de coordination, de l’UNMEER, et de la FICR à Kissidougou et Nzérékoré pour évaluer l’état d’avancement des travaux de construction des bases logistiques de Kissidougou et de Nzérékoré et visiter le chantier de construction du CTE de Nzérékoré
- L’’équipe de la riposte de Siguiri menacée de mort à Kourémalé avec refus catégorique de l’enterrement sécurisé d’un décès communautaire

24 Nov 2014 description

AUTHORS

David Fisman

Ashleigh Tuite

ABSTRACT

Background: The 2014 West African Ebola outbreak has evolved into an epidemic of historical proportions and catastrophic scope. Prior outbreaks have been contained through the use of personal protective equipment, but such an approach has not been rapidly effective in the current epidemic. Several candidate vaccines have been developed against the Ebola virus, and are undergoing initial clinical trials.

24 Nov 2014 description
report ECOWAS

Des agents de santé provenant de six pays de la sous-région subiront à partir de ce lundi 24 novembre 2014 à Accra une session de formation de cinq jours à l’issue de laquelle ils iront intégrer les équipes des ministères de la Santé dans les trois pays les plus touchés par la maladie à virus Ebola, à savoir la Guinée, le Liberia et la Sierra Leone.

24 Nov 2014 description

MANILA, 24 NOVEMBER 2014 - While the risk of a travel-related case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Western Pacific Region is not high, the consequences could be significant. To assess Member State preparedness for a potential EVD outbreak, the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific conducted a country preparedness survey and facilitated a simulation exercise in October 2014.

24 Nov 2014 description

(Geneva, 24 November 2014) – The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) is launching a new project to better analyse the humanitarian impact of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The Ebola Needs Analysis Project, or ENAP, will provide a comprehensive and independent picture of the outbreak’s impact on affected populations.

23 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 23 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - L’épidémie d’Ebola qui sévit en Afrique de l’Ouest serait apparue dans le sud de la Guinée il y a près d’un an, mais il a fallu attendre mars 2014 pour qu’elle soit confirmée par l’Institut Pasteur. Le bilan était alors de 60 victimes, et le virus était suspecté d’avoir outrepassé les frontières du Liberia et d’avoir gagné la Sierra Leone.

23 Nov 2014 description

Washington, United States | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 02:46 GMT

by Dan De Luce

The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola -- a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light.

Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from "Star Wars," the robots are operating at three military medical centers and about 250 other American hospitals are using the machines to destroy pathogens.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's largest health rescue overseas has completed, with nine passenger planes and freighters uniting efforts in Ebola-hit countries, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Between Aug. 10 to Nov. 16, the CAAC dispatched nine aircraft from domestic airlines including China Eastern Airlines and China Cargo Airlines to transport 282 medical staff and 767 tonnes of medical materials to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, CAAC deputy director Wang Zhiqing said on Wednesday.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Xinhua

CONAKRY, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- China has offered Guinea additional aid of 5 million U.S. dollars to help in the fight against Ebola outbreak, an official source has said.

An agreement in this regard was signed on Wednesday in Conakry by Chinese ambassador to Guinea Bian Jianqiang and Guinea's International Cooperation Minister Moustapha Koutoubou Sanoh.

22 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11663

7318th Meeting (PM)

While reiterating grave concern about the unprecedented extent of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the Security Council today noted the international community’s “considerable” efforts to scale up its coordinated response, which had led to important progress on the ground.

22 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

21 November 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015, but he emphasized that results to date are still uneven, and announced that the Organization’s top health officials will head to Mali, where the situation is still a cause of "deep concern.”

21 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2014 – With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.

“The new cases in Mali remind us that no country in the region is immune to Ebola,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We cannot wait for new cases in countries at risk before we take action. We must help communities today prepare for cases if they happen, when they happen, wherever they happen.”

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There have been 15 351 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with 5459 reported deaths.

  • Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

  • A total of 6 cases, all of whom have died, have been reported in Mali.

SUMMARY

21 Nov 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 5,420 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. One person in Spain and three people in the USA have recovered; one person in the USA has died. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

21 Nov 2014 description

11/21/2014 - 14:07 GMT

Germany has sent 400 motorbikes to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

The specially adapted fleet of bikes will be able to rush test samples to laboratories from remote areas, where patients can often wait nine days or more for results.

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said the motorbikes should cut transport delays to a day.

Experts say faster test results could help slow the spread of the epidemic, which has so far claimed more than 5,400 lives, according to the UN.

21 Nov 2014 description

Présentation

Le paludisme est une cause fréquente de fièvre dans les zones à forte transmission, et sa présentation clinique coïncide avec les premiers symptômes de la maladie à virus Ebola. Pour cette raison, l’efficacité de la riposte au virus Ebola en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone peut être encore optimisée par la mise en place de mesures ciblées visant à réduire le nombre des cas de fièvre imputables au paludisme.