20 January 2015: West Africa - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak

•WHO has reported a total of 21 649 cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and 8 609 deaths (21 614 cases, 8 594 deaths in the three countries with intense transmission), see table below.

•As in Sierra Leone, there is a positive evolution in Guinea with numbers of cases going down nationwide. Challenges persist with contact tracing notably due to resistance amongst the population in Guinea, in particular in the forest area. Contact tracing and issues such as safe burials are far less contentious in Sierra Leone. The number of cases in Liberia continues to go down and it is now possible to follow-up the transmission chains again.

•In Sierra Leone, one district, Pujehun, has been declared Ebola free.

•Mali was declared Ebola-free on 17 January.