The number of cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone has increased by 108 since the last update two days ago.

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In addition, 45 additional fatalities were added between 2 and 4 August 2014, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) today.

The new cases and deaths were distributed as follows:  Guinea, 10 new cases and 5 deaths; Liberia, 48 new cases and 27 deaths; Nigeria, 5 new cases and 0 death; and Sierra Leone, 45 new cases and 13 deaths.

The total number of cases in Nigeria now stands at nine (0 confirmed, 2 probable, and 7 suspected), including 1 death.

According to the WHO update:

On 6 August, WHO is convening an Emergency Committee of international experts to review the outbreak and advise the Director-General, in accordance with the International Health Regulations, whether the Ebola virus disease outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Experts will receive an epidemiological briefing and will determine whether the criteria for a PHEIC have been met. If the Emergency Committee agrees that this is a PHEIC, they will then advise the Director-General on temporary recommendations. A summary of the meeting will be made public and a press briefing will be held on Friday, 8 August.

As of 4 August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the four countries stands at 1,711, including 932 deaths. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

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