The number of new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues to climb in West Africa, according to information from the World Health Organization (WHO). Between 14 and 16 August 2014, a total of 113 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 84 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
Of some concern is the number of new cases reported in Guinea (24). This follows several weeks of relatively low counts.
The total case and death count in West Africa now stands at 2,240 and 1,229, respectively.
In an effort to get the outbreak under control, the WHO announced the governments have set up quarantine zones in areas of high transmission including severely-affected cities such as Gueckedou in Guinea, Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone and Foya in Liberia.
This prevents people living in these areas from moving to other parts of the country and potentially increasing EVD transmission. However, it also means that barriers to travel limit their access to food and other necessities.
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WHO is working with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure people in the quarantine zones receive regular food aid and other non-medical supplies. WFP is now scaling up its programme to distribute food to the around 1 million people living in the quarantine zones in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page