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WHO statement on the third meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The third meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the IHR 2005 regarding the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak in West Africa was conducted with members and advisors of the Emergency Committee on Wednesday, 22 October 2014, from 1300 to 1710 CET.

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Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 6, 13 – 19 October 2014

In October, WFP is targeting 272,000 beneficiaries across Liberia. Communities with high Ebola cases are worst hit in terms of food insecurity, market closures, high food prices and disrupted cross-border movement.

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Liberia, Sierra Leone et Guinée, ravagés par Ebola

23/10/2014 - 09:37 GMT

Le Liberia et la Sierra Leone, ravagés par plus d'une décennie de guerres civiles, et la Guinée, meurtrie par un passé de violences, sont les trois pays frappés de plein fouet par le virus Ebola.

L'épidémie, qui a déjà fait 4.877 morts sur quelque 9.936 cas signalés, affecte les systèmes de santé, mais aussi toute l'économie, paralysant de nombreux domaines comme le tourisme, mais surtout l'agriculture et les transports, voire les mines.

LIBERIA

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L'épidémie d'Ebola approche les 10.000 cas

10/23/2014 - 03:36 GMT

Le bilan de l'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest approche les 10.000 cas pour près de 4.900 morts, en plein renforcement des dispositifs de précaution et de la mobilisation internationale.

Faute de perspective d'endiguement rapide au Liberia, en Sierra Leone et en Guinée, les trois pays frappés de plein fouet, malgré des avancées dans la recherche d'un vaccin, le virus exacerbait les tensions entre population et autorités, dégénérant en émeute mortelle dans l'est de la Sierra Leone, région en quarantaine depuis août.

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Ebola: Prevention is possible but people are dying alone

When you listen to the experts, Ebola is both scarier and less scary than it initially appears.

It’s less scary because soap and chlorine can kill it, and the proper infrastructure and adequate information can protect against it.

It’s terrifying, because thousands without those simple advantages are dying, in terrible pain, of a disease that is highly infectious and has neither vaccine nor antidote.

“Numbers are doubling or tripling every few weeks”

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West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (as of 22 October, 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged all countries to support the response to the EVD outbreak on October 19, citing the increasing economic impact and continued risk of the disease spreading to countries outside of those already affected

  • The East African Community plans to send 600 health workers—including 41 doctors—to EVD-affected countries in West Africa

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West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)

Sahel

· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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Medical anthropology study of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia/West Africa

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa (Guinea Conakry,

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President Sirleaf Visits Lofa County, Original Epic Center of the Ebola Virus Disease; In Foya, MSF Reports ‘No New Case’ for the Past Three Weeks

Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Foya, Lofa County - The county that reported the first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease, Lofa County in northwestern Liberia, has reported a drastic decline in the transmission of the virus with “no new cases” reported for the past three weeks.

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WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 22 October 2014

SUMMARY

A total of 9936 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal) up to the end of 19 October. A total of 4877 deaths have been reported.

The outbreaks of EVD in Senegal and Nigeria were declared over on 17 October and 19 October 2014, respectively.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa - Executive brief, 22 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa is the world’s largest Ebola outbreak recorded to date. The epidemic is severely affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in deaths and adversely impacting the food security of affected populations.

  • If not addressed now, the consequences of the outbreak could lead to long-lasting impacts on farmers' livelihoods and rural economies. A multisectoral approach is required to contain the outbreak and stabilize affected areas.

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100 million euros for the fight against Ebola

The Federal Government has increased its support for the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to over 100 million euros, from which the Federal Foreign Office will receive 29 million euros for humanitarian assistance and evacuation measures. In his speech at the World Health Summit on 19 October, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed sending a civilian EU mission to the areas hit by Ebola.

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Ebola se déplace à l'intérieur des pays touchés, la menace hors d'Afrique s'atténue

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | mercredi 22/10/2014 - 12:59 GMT

Par Rod MAC JOHNSON

Le virus Ebola continue de frapper sans relâche en Afrique de l'Ouest, où il se déplace géographiquement à l'intérieur des pays touchés, tandis que les risques de propagation en dehors de cette région paraissaient mercredi refluer.

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Cuba sends more doctors to Ebola-hit west Africa as vaccine race heats up

10/22/2014 - 20:17 GMT

by Rod Mac Johnson

Cuban nurses and doctors headed to Liberia and Guinea Wednesday to help the fight against Ebola, as the death toll from the outbreak neared 4,900 and countries raced to get experimental vaccines ready for "real-world use".

The latest contingent of 83 reinforcements sent by Havana brought the total number of Cuban health workers in west Africa to at least 248, after 165 medical professionals were already sent to Sierra Leone last month.

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WFP West Africa Ebola Response Situation Report #9, 22 October 2014

3 pillars of WFP support:

  • Delivering food alongside the health re-sponse;

  • Ensuring the movement of partner staff and materials; and

  • Providing common services and infrastruc-ture support for health partners.

In numbers

To date, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:

  • 13,125 mt of food delivered to 776,000 people since April 2014*;

  • 1,130 responders transported by UNHAS, with two planes and one helicopter in operation; and

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Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

10/23/2014 - 05:49 GMT

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace.

The UN's public health body said 9,936 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the three countries at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic -- have contracted the disease. In total, 4,877 people have so far died.

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Ebola : l'ONU se félicite de l'arrivée d'un vaccin d'essai pour lutter contre le virus

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21 octobre 2014 – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi qu'un candidat vaccin contre le virus de l'Ebola sera bientôt mis à disposition dans le cadre des efforts pour lutter contre cette maladie. L'agence attend l'arrivée à Genève mercredi 22 octobre d'une livraison de ce vaccin de provenance du Canada.