The number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases increased by about 600 and the number of fatalities jumped by more than 200 during the past 6 days, according to new data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.
Between Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, a total of 15,901 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of EVD and 5,674 deaths have been reported up to the end of 23 November 2014. The WHO also notes that the case fatality rate across the three most-affected countries in patients with a recorded definitive outcome is approximately 60% (60% in Guinea, 61% in Liberia, and 60% in Sierra Leone).
Reported case incidence is stable in Guinea (148 confirmed cases reported in the week to 23 November), stable or declining in Liberia (67 new confirmed cases in the week to 23 November), and may still be rising in Sierra Leone (385 new confirmed cases in the week to 23 November).
In addition, the number of EVD (confirmed and suspected) cases is up to eight in Mali, up from six in the Nov 21 report.
Overall, a total of 15,935 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 23 November. There have been 5,689 reported deaths. The WHO does remind us that cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak.