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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency

07/31/2014 14:29 GMT

By Rod Mac Johnson

FREETOWN, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency on Thursday as countries across the world announced stringent new security measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.

The impoverished country, along with neighbouring Guinea and Liberia, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected more than 1,300 people, hit major west African cities and sparked alarm over its possible spread to western nations.

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Guinea + 2 others
WHO Director-General, west African presidents to launch intensified Ebola outbreak response plan

The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa identifies the need for several hundred more personnel to be deployed in affected countries to supplement overstretched treatment facilities.

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American Doctor with Ebola Again Displays Heroism - Gives Experimental Serum to Stricken Colleague

BOONE, N.C., July 31, 2014— Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are in stable but grave condition. Dr. Brantly took a slight turn for the worse overnight. But even as he battles to survive Ebola, this heroic doctor is still focused on the well-being of others.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Agencies fighting Ebola reach “breaking point”

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KENEMA/KAILAHUN/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 31 July 2014 (IRIN) - A shortage of trained health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who can treat Ebola victims and prevent further spread of the deadly disease is hampering response efforts, say Health Ministry and NGO staff, who say their efforts are at “breaking point”.

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RDC: nouvelles mesures de prévention contre Ebola

07/31/2014 12:24 GMT

KINSHASA, 31 juillet 2014 (AFP) - La République démocratique du Congo va appliquer de nouvelles mesures sanitaires pour prévenir l'apparition sur son sol de la fièvre hémorragique Ebola, qui a fait près de 700 morts en Afrique de l'Ouest depuis le début de l'année, a-t-on appris de source officielle.

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UNICEF Liberia Ebola Virus Disease Situation Report #42, 30 July 2014

This report provides an update on UNICEF’s response to the Ebola emergency in Liberia. All statistics, other than those related to UNICEF support, are from the SitReps issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the Ebola National Task Force.

Highlights:

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Guinea + 3 others
EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

European Commission - IP/14/891 30/07/2014

The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. This brings the Commission's aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million.

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Guinea + 2 others
Peace Corps Removing Volunteers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the increasing spread of the Ebola virus. The agency has been and will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the virus in collaboration with leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 29 July 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. The Ebola epidemic trend in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea remains precarious, with continuing community and health-facility transmissions of infection.

Between 24 and 27 July 2014, a total of 122 new cases (suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases) as well as 57 deaths were reported from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

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Liberia + 2 others
Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola: president

The government also placed "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave to halt the spread of the epidemic.

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Nigeria + 5 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (23-30 July 2014)

CAMEROON

18 KILLED IN CROSS BORDER INSURGENCY CLASHES

On 24 July, Boko Haram insurgents reported attacked a Cameroonian military base in Balgaram (Extreme North) killing two. On 27 July, the group also reportedly committed two attacks in Kolofata, killing at least 16 people.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)

400 FEWER IDPS, USD$7 MILLION HUMANITARIAN FUND ALLOCATED

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Nigeria + 15 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, July 31 – August 6, 2014

  • Heavy rains in parts of eastern Sudan resulted in flooding which damaged infrastructure.

  • Ground conditions continue to deteriorate due to poor rains in northeastern Nigeria, western Chad and Senegal.

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola – France’s support for the authorities of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (July 30, 2014)

France has been mobilized since the beginning of the crisis, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the authorities of the concerned countries. It is providing technical support and expertise to contain the epidemic. Our embassies, particularly in Guinea (which also has jurisdiction for Sierra Leone) and Liberia, are in close contact with the health monitoring and care facilities established in each of those countries.

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Guinea + 2 others
Maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest – mise à jour 24 juillet 2014

Bulletin d’information sur les flambées épidémiques 24 juillet 2014

Épidémiologie et surveillance

L’OMS continue de surveiller l’évolution de la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola en Guinée, au Libéria et en Sierra Leone. Entre le 18 et le 20 juillet 2014, 45 nouveaux cas et 28 décès ont été notifiés dans ces trois pays. Cela comprend les cas suspects, les cas probables et les cas confirmés en laboratoire. Les Ministères de la Santé concernés continuent de collaborer avec l’OMS et ses partenaires pour intensifier les mesures d’endiguement.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Tackle Ebola at source to contain it, says ActionAid

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As the Ebola virus kills more than 670 people and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warns the virus poses a threat to the UK, ActionAid staff working to contain the virus in West Africa, as well as London-based experts are available for interview.

ActionAid can talk on the following Ebola outbreak response measures

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola - Soutien de la France aux autorités de Guinée, du Liberia et de la Sierra Leone (30 juillet 2014)

La France est mobilisée depuis le début de la crise, en coordination avec l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et les autorités des pays concernés. Elle apporte un soutien technique et une expertise pour juguler l’épidémie. Nos ambassades, notamment en Guinée (également compétente pour la Sierra Leone) et au Liberia, sont en contact étroit et permanent avec les structures de veille sanitaire et de soins mises en place dans chacun de ces pays.

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Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Responds in West Africa - updated July 29, 2014

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Update: Last month, Direct Relief equipped Dr. John Fankhauser with provisions of Ebola-specific medical supplies in preparation for his return to the frontlines of the outbreak. Since then, the deadly virus has spread, taking its toll on upwards of 1,200 people across West Africa.

Among the patients are several of the very doctors and nurses who — in immense displays of courage and commitment – are working tirelessly to contain the epidemic, despite the risk.

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Guinea + 3 others
29 July 2014: West Africa - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak

SITUATION

• The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa has been declared a Grade 3 Emergency under WHO's Emergency Response Framework. The number of Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea passes the 1 000 mark with over 650 deaths; in the last week alone at least four doctors (two US citizens, one Sierra Leonean and one Liberian who died) and eight other health staff have been infected by the Ebola virus.