Case incidence continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with a halving time of 1.4 weeks in Guinea, 2.0 weeks Liberia, and 2.7 weeks in Sierra Leone. A combined total of 145 confirmed cases were reported from the 3 countries in the week to 18 January: 20 in Guinea, 8 in Liberia, and 117 in Sierra Leone.
Mali has been declared free of Ebola virus disease (EVD) after completing 42 days since the last case tested negative for EVD.
New EVD cases continue to decrease in Liberia, and the number of confirmed cases has declined by 43 percent between December 22 and January 5 in Sierra Leone, according to WHO. Relief agencies continue to implement life-saving activities and underscore the importance of preventative measures.
Since early January, USAID/OFDA partners have opened one EVD treatment unit (ETU) and four community care centers (CCCs) in Sierra Leone.
Guinea reported its lowest weekly total of new confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases since the week ending 17 August 2014. Case numbers remain low in Liberia, with no confirmed cases nationally for the final 2 days of the week ending 11 January, and the lowest weekly total of confirmed cases since the first week of June 2014. Sierra Leone has now reported a decline in case incidence for the second week running, and recorded its lowest weekly total of new confirmed cases since the week ending 31 August 2014.
Office of the Spokesperson
January 8, 2015
The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. Of the total U.S. contribution, $650,000 is provided through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative and $350,000 through other extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA.
Late-December caseload figures for Sierra Leone double the combined total of Liberia and Guinea during the same period; however, overall case transmission in Sierra Leone appears to slightly decline
USG partners open three EVD treatment units (ETUs) in Liberia
The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports that prolonged market and trade disruptions have resulted in below-average incomes and purchasing power for poor households in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Il y a eu 17 145 cas notifiés de maladie à virus Ebola, dont 6070 décès.
L’incidence des cas augmente légèrement en Guinée, elle est stable ou diminue au Libéria, et pourrait continuer à augmenter en Sierra Leone.
La flambée en Espagne a été déclarée terminée.
In an effort to mitigate EVD transmission, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) initiated a temporary lockdown in Sierra Leone’s Northern Province on December 25.
A USAID/OFDA partner opened a new EVD treatment unit (ETU) in Liberia’s Sinje town, Grand Cape Mount County, on December 29.
Regional EVD specimen testing capacity has increased with the opening of a USG-supported laboratory in Liberia and Belgian-run laboratory in Guinea, according to the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
· There have been 20 206 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7905 reported deaths.
· Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week.
· There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. However, the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.
· The United Kingdom has reported its first confirmed case of Ebola.
The mid-to-late December Western Area surge in Sierra Leone continues to proactively identify cases to reduce EVD transmission
U.N. Secretary-General (SYG) Ban Kimoon visits EVD-affected countries
USAID/OFDA transports personal protective equipment (PPE) infection prevention and control (IPC) supplies to Liberia, infrared thermometers to Guinea
As of December 24, the Government of Mali (GOM) continues to report no new EVD cases in Mali
On December 11, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Spain discharged the last confirmed EVD patient in Mali.
More than 1 million people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone may experience severe food insecurity due to the EVD outbreak by March 2015—a 100 percent increase compared to December 2014.
There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.
Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.
There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.
No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.
On December 4, the Government of Guinea-Bissau announced that it would reopen border crossings with Guinea during the week of December 8. Guinea-Bissau had closed the border in August 2014 to prevent cross-border transmission of EVD.
In response to recent increases in EVD cases in Sierra Leone, relief actors are implementing a surge in EVD-related activities to strengthen overall response capacity, particularly in Western Area encompassing the capital city of Freetown.
· There have been 17 942 reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 6388 reported deaths.
· Case incidence is slightly increasing in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia, and may be increasing or stable in Sierra Leone.
· Sierra Leone now has the highest total number of reported cases of the three intense-transmission countries, with 7897 cases reported to date.
U.N. announces progress against key EVD indicators; cautions that as some geographic areas have experienced significant improvements in the EVD situation, others have seen the rapid acceleration of EVD transmission.
A World Bank report indicates that the EVD outbreak is significantly affecting the economies of Liberia,
Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The World Bank President stresses that the human and economic impact will become more devastating as the outbreak continues.
There have been 17 145 reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 6070 reported deaths.
Case incidence is slightly increasing in Guinea, stable or declining in Liberia, and may still be increasing in Sierra Leone.
The outbreak in Spain has been declared over.
On November 21, U.N. Secretary General (SYG) Ban Ki-moon requested that U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Tony Banbury establish a U.N. support mission in Mali.
On November 21, USAID/OFDA-procured personal protective equipment (PPE) arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, with a second shipment in-transit and expected to arrive on November 28. Together, the two shipments contain approximately 107,000 PPE sets.
There have been 15 935 reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 5689 reported deaths.
600 cases were reported in the three most-affected countries in the past week.
Case incidence is stable in Guinea, stable or declining in Liberia, but may still be increasing in Sierra Leone.
Uncertainties in data preclude firm conclusions about progress towards UNMEER goals.
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.
A total of 15 145 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal) up to the end of 16 November. There have been 5420 reported deaths. Cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak.
New developments since seventh update
Since December 2013, and as of 17 November 2014, 14 415 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 5 177 deaths, have been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in eight reporting countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone in West Africa, and Spain and the USA).