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Ebola quarantine sparks violent protests

By Julu Swen Aug. 20, 2014 | MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS)

Protesters hurled rocks and stormed barricades in an effort to escape the West Point neighborhood that was cordoned off after a quarantine aimed at containing the spread of Ebola. A United Methodist pastor was among those unable to leave.

Reports indicated late Wednesday that residents were observing the curfew and the neighborhood had calmed down.

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WFP'S Response To Ebola

The United Nations World Food Programme is scaling up its operations to provide food to around 1 million people living in restricted access areas in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Crisis Background

An outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea in December 2013, leading to an epidemic in West Africa. The outbreak was not detected until March 2014, after which it spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. It is the most severe outbreak of Ebola in terms of the number of human cases and fatalities since the discovery of the virus in 1976.

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WFP Steps Up Assistance to Meet Urgent Food Needs of Families and Communities Affected By Ebola

The United Nations World Food Programme is scaling up its operations to provide food to around 1 million people living in restricted access areas in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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L'épidémie d'Ebola laissera des séquelles sur l'économie des pays africains touchés

08/21/2014 10:12 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO avec les bureaux de l'AFP en Afrique de l'Ouest et le Reportage économique à PARIS

MONROVIA, 21 août 2014 (AFP) - Marchés désertés, champs en jachère, activités minières perturbées, vols annulés: l'épidémie d'Ebola qui frappe l'Afrique de l'Ouest va laisser des traces durables sur l'économie des pays touchés, déjà vulnérables.

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Ebola: la réponse du PAM

Environ 1 million de personnes, vivant dans les zones en isolement, vont recevoir une assistance alimentaire en Guinée, Sierra Leone et au Libéria.

L’épidémie d'Ebola a commencé en Guinée en décembre 2013, puis s’est étendue en Afrique de l'Ouest. Elle n'a pas été détectée jusqu'en mars 2014, après quoi elle s'est répandue au Libéria, en Sierra Leone et au Nigeria. Il s’agit de l'épidémie la plus grave du virus Ebola en termes de cas détectés et de décès humains depuis la découverte du virus en 1976.

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Ebola horror hastens use of test drugs

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IRIN

DAKAR, 21 August 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola’s devastation in West Africa has catapulted experimental drugs from labs to patients and shaken up vaccine development, which was hitherto patchy as outbreaks of the virus have tended to be spasmodic and geographically limited.

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Violence erupts in Liberia's Ebola-hit slum

08/21/2014 08:40 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO

MONROVIA, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on protesting crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.

Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia's West Point slum which has been sealed off as part of new security measures aimed at containing the deadly virus.

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Ebola: Critical supplies headed to Liberia as health workers fear infection

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Direct Relief

Another shipment of life-saving supplies is on the way to Liberia as doctors on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak report a severe shortage of the most needed items as they work to contain the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic to date.

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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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United Nations consolidated support to the national accelerated ebola virus disease outbreak response plan in Liberia - Draft

Summary

National/WHO Strategic Objectives

  1. Stop transmission of the Ebola virus in the affected counties through scaling up effective, evidence-based outbreak control measures

  2. Prevent the spread of EVD to the neighboring at-risk counties through strengthening epidemic preparedness and response measures

United Nations Strategic Objectives

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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.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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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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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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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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Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as official evacuated

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

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