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Cameroon + 4 others
Ebola: le Cameroun suspend l'importation d'animaux en provenance des pays touchés

08/23/2014 18:25 GMT

YAOUNDÉ, 23 août 2014 (AFP) - Le Cameroun a décidé de suspendre "l'importation à partir des pays infectés par le virus" des viandes et animaux "sensibles" au virus Ebola, a-t-on appris de source officielle samedi.

La décision vise "en particulier les primates (gorilles et singes), les antilopes des bois et porcs-épics, leurs trophées, ainsi que toutes viandes (fraîches, fumées salées ou séchées)", indique une directive signée du ministre camerounais en charge de l'Elevage, M.Taïga, dont l'AFP a obtenu une copie.

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Chad + 1 other
Tchad: Personnes arrivées dans la région du Lac Rapport de situation no 02 (12/8/2014)

Faits saillants

  • Les 1 120 personnes arrivées sur l'île de Wourtchoua dans la région du Lac n'ont pas encore pu être relocalisées du à l’indisponibilité des hélicoptères depuis le 8 août.

  • Les personnes attendent dans des conditions de vie difficiles. Un petit groupe de personnes aurait quitté le Tchad vers le Niger, selon les autorités.

  • A Ngouboua, les autorités et les acteurs humanitaires ont préparé l'accueil des personnes relocalisées.

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Chad + 1 other
Tchad: Personnes arrivées dans la région du Lac Rapport de situation no 02 (12/8/2014)

Faits saillants

  • Les 1 120 personnes arrivées sur l'île de Wourtchoua dans la région du Lac n'ont pas encore pu être relocalisées du à l’indisponibilité des hélicoptères depuis le 8 août.

  • Les personnes attendent dans des conditions de vie difficiles. Un petit groupe de personnes aurait quitté le Tchad vers le Niger, selon les autorités.

  • A Ngouboua, les autorités et les acteurs humanitaires ont préparé l'accueil des personnes relocalisées.

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Liberia + 3 others
Key Points – Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa (Updated August 22, 2014)

Summary Key Messages

· This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa.

· The outbreak in West Africa is worsening, but CDC, along with other U.S. government agencies and international partners, is taking steps to respond to this rapidly changing situation.

· Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population.

· On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the current Ebola outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

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Liberia + 3 others
Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

08/22/2014 21:03 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO with Selim SAHEB ETTABA in Dakar

MONROVIA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as the World Health Organization warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months.

After seeing people fall to the deadly virus in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola-free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 624 deaths.

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Liberia + 3 others
WAJA statement on ebola outbreak in West Africa

Ebola outbreak

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has today extended its condolences and solidarity with the governments and peoples in the sub-region affected by the Ebola outbreak, and calls on the media to double its support in fighting back the virus. WAJA says the media is under social and ethical obligation to serve the greater good of humanity in these critical times of heightened fear of death caused by the rapid spread of the disease in the region.

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World + 1 other
Nigerian engineers join forces with IITA to halt devastation by weeds

Efforts to control weeds in cassava farms received a boost with Nigerian engineers joining forces with experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to seek sustainable solutions to tackle the menace.

The team of engineers drawn from members of the academia, IITA, public and private sectors are exploring mechanical weeding options used elsewhere in the world with the hope of adapting them to African cropping systems.

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Liberia + 3 others
Ebola virus disease, West Africa - update 22 August 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

Between 19 and 20 August 2014, a total of 142 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 77 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Health sector response

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Liberia + 3 others
West Africa - Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak: Work Report 7

Situation Update

Two weeks after World Health Organization (WHO) announcement on the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in West Africa, there are still no obvious signs of control on the overall situation. As of 20 August, the cumulative death toll stands at 1,350 people with a cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria rose to 2,473 since March.

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World + 23 others
Global Humanitarian Overview - Status Report, August 2014

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102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Mali + 14 others
Bulletin d’information sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Sahel et en Afrique de l’ouest - juillet 2014

Situation alimentaire satisfaisante dans la région, exceptée par endroits en zones sahéliennes pastorales et agropastorales.

MESSAGES CLÉS

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Boko Haram sees huge advances but can be checked: experts

08/22/2014 15:43 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

KANO, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Boko Haram may be closer than ever to achieving its goal of creating a caliphate in northern Nigeria but comparisons to the Iraq crisis are premature and the military can reverse the group's gains, analysts say.

The conflict in the Islamists' northeastern stronghold remains in flux even as witnesses, security sources and experts report that the insurgents have seized several areas and towns since April.

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Ebola Virus Disease - Nigeria Daily Situation Report (SitRep No: 22), 21st August 2014

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1. Highlights
• Of the four suspected cases that were reported on 20Aug, two have been confirmed positive and therefore represent new cases. Two were negative and have therefore been discharged home.
• Total number of confirmed cases now 14
• Total four confirmed cases in the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC).

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Liberia + 5 others
Ebola s'étend au Liberia, l'arrêter "prendra des mois" selon l'OMS

08/22/2014 20:55 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO avec Rod MAC JOHNSON à FREETOWN

MONROVIA, 22 août 2014 (AFP) - Arrêter l'épidémie d'Ebola, qui touche désormais l'ensemble du Liberia, "ne sera pas facile" et prendra "plusieurs mois de travail acharné", a averti vendredi un haut responsable de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) à Monrovia.

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World + 4 others
Communiqué of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) decision on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa [EN/FR]

Report
African Union

COMMUNIQUÉ

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union, at its 450th meeting held in Addis Ababa, on 19 August 2014, adopted the following decision on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa:

Council:

1.Takes note of the briefing made by the Commission, on the situation relating to the outbreak of Ebola in some countries in West Africa;

2.Expresses its deep concern at the current situation, and its full solidarity and support to the countries affected by this epidemic;

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Nigeria records two new cases of Ebola: health minister

08/22/2014 11:50 GMT

ABUJA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Nigeria on Friday said that two more people had tested positive for Ebola, taking the total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the country to 14, including five deaths.

"Nigeria has now recorded the first two cases of Ebola Virus Disease in secondary contacts of the index case," Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told a news conference in Abuja.

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Liberia + 6 others
Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

08/22/2014 21:03 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO with Selim SAHEB ETTABA in Dakar

MONROVIA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as the World Health Organization warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months.

After seeing people fall to the deadly virus in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola-free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 624 deaths.

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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Crisis 2014: Funding Status as of 22 August 2014

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World + 12 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary August 22-28, 2014

Dryness expected to continue in much of Central America, Haiti, and Central Asia

Africa Weather Hazards

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