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Emergency research call launched to help combat Ebola outbreak

A rapid response call for research to combat the Ebola outbreak in west Africa is being launched today, Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar and International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced.

Expert teams from around the world are being invited to submit research proposals to better inform the management of Ebola outbreaks so that lives can be saved. This includes research which could produce evidence to help tackle the current outbreak.

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West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (as of 20 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Liberia and Sierra Leone continue to record increasing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) caseloads.

  • U.S. officials declare disasters due to the effects of EVD in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

  • Health actors express concern that the outbreak is negatively affecting food security and access to livelihoods and basic health care services.

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Avancée contre l'infection par le virus de Marburg, proche d'Ebola

08/20/2014 18:58 GMT

Par Jean-Louis SANTINI

WASHINGTON, 20 août 2014 (AFP) - Un nouveau traitement génique a permis pour la première fois de guérir des singes malades infectés par le virus de Marburg, très proche de celui d'Ebola, ouvrant potentiellement la voie à des vaccins et thérapies efficaces contre ces agents pathogènes dévastateurs.

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INTERVIEW: UN System Coordinator on Ebola dispels myths, pledges support for West Africa’s efforts to halt outbreak

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UN News Service

20 August 2014 – As the World Health Organization (WHO) ramps up its response to the unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, the wider United Nations, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has launched a system-wide coordination initiative to assist Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone in their efforts to halt the spread of the virus, which has left more than 1,000 people dead and is now affecting more than 1 million people throughout the region.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 21 – August 27, 2014

  • Increased rains observed in West Africa during the past observation period.

  • Consistent heavy rains triggered flooding, destroyed houses, and thousands of displaced people in Sudan.

1) Inadequate rainfall distribution since early June has delayed planting and negatively affected crop development in northeastern Nigeria. Although an increase in rainfall was observed recently, continued favorable rainfall amounts are needed to overcome long-term deficits.

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Up to 30,000 in need of Ebola drugs by now: analysis

08/20/2014 17:18 GMT

PARIS, August 20, 2014 (AFP) - Up to 30,000 people would have required Ebola drugs in the west African outbreak by now, according to a scientific attempt to quantify demand for a treatment and vaccine, published Wednesday.

No approved drugs exist though several are under development and the World Health Organisation last week gave the green light for experimental medicines to be used to fight the deadly disease.

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ECHO Factsheet 18 August- Ebola in West Africa [EN/FR]

Key messages

  • A number of West African countries are experiencing the largest Ebola epidemic on record. As of 13 August 2 127 people have been infected and close to 1 145 people have died.

  • This epidemic presents a huge local and global public health concern.
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the epidemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), calling for a coordinated international response.

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Ebola virus disease, West Africa - update 20 August 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

Between 17 and 18 August 2014, a total of 221 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 106 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Health sector response

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Situation de la maladie à virus Ebola au Nigéria et en Guinée: des signes encourageants

Évaluation de la situation – 19 août 2014

La flambée de maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest continue à évoluer, des cas ayant été confirmés en Guinée, au Libéria, au Nigéria et en Sierra Leone. À l’heure actuelle, aucun cas n’a été confirmé nulle part ailleurs dans le monde.

Nigéria

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Ebola: le Liberia sous couvre-feu, les fausses alertes se multiplient dans le monde

08/20/2014 12:48 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO

MONROVIA, 20 août 2014 (AFP) - Le Liberia était placé sous couvre-feu à partir de mercredi face à la progression inexorable de l'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest, qui provoque une psychose croissante à travers le monde, malgré l'absence de cas avérés hors du continent.

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West Africa: Regional Ebola Crisis Monitoring (as of 18 Aug 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Africa - Ebola Coordination and Preparedness, Emergency Appeal MDR60002

The Regional Coordination and Preparedness Emergency Appeal is launched by the IFRC to supplement and to support the current country-level Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Emergency Appeals and preparedness operations supported by the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). The aim of this appeal is to strengthen and scale up operations support, coordination, communication, capacity building and preparedness for at risk countries in the region and to prepare for the potential spread of Ebola outbreak to other countries in Africa and beyond.

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American Red Cross Supports Ebola Response in West Africa

The American Red Cross is supporting efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thanks to the generous donation of $2.8 million from the Paul G. Allen Foundation.

The money will be used to strengthen the capacities of the affected local Red Cross societies to manage the outbreak, assist with the epidemiological investigation and increase public awareness about virus prevention.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew and quarantined two neighbourhoods in a bid to stem the epidemic.

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No early end to the Ebola outbreak

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa continues to escalate, with 1975 cases and 1069 deaths reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

No new cases have been detected in Nigeria following the importation of a case in an air traveller last month. Extensive contact tracing and monitoring, implemented with support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has kept the number of additional cases small.

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Western Africa : Fighting against the Ebola outbreak with respect for human rights

Conakry, Monrovia, Abidjan, Paris, 1st August 2014 – On the occasion of the regional emergency summit held today in Conakry and which brings together officials from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Ivory Coast on the topic of the major sanitary crisis provoked by the Ebola virus, our organisations recall that the fight against the propagation of the disease must not be done to the detriment of human rights.

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Key Points – Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa (Updated August 19, 2014)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.

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La BAD intensifie ses efforts avec 210 millions de dollars pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé une subvention de 60 millions de dollars, faisant partie d’un montant global de 120 millions de dollars à mettre en œuvre immédiatement afin de renforcer les systèmes de santé publique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, en réponse à la crise d’Ebola. Le Conseil d'administration de la BAD, traditionnellement en vacances pendant le mois d’août, a convoqué une réunion d'urgence, démontrant ainsi la détermination de l’institution à aider les pays à faire face à cette crise de santé publique.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: West Africa: Ebola Outbreak (Update), 19 August 2014

Crisis Overview

  • An Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, which started in Guinea in December 2013 but was only declared in March, has now spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. As of 13 August, the cumulative number of cases reported in the four countries was 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, yielding a case fatality rate (CFR) of 54.9%.