In an Ebola situation roadmap released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today, UN health officials provide updates to the West Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks.
The total number of probable, confirmed and suspected cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in West Africa was 5335, with 2622 deaths, as at the end of 14 September 2014 . Countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.This is an increase of some 367 cases/167 deaths in a one day span.
Currently, the three countries that have widespread and intense transmission have seen the following: Guinea has seen 942 cases and 601 deaths, Liberia has seen 2,710 cases and 1,459 deaths and Sierra Leone has seen 1,673 cases and 562 deaths.
The WHO says the surge in Liberia is driven primarily by a continued increase in the number of cases reported in the capital, Monrovia.
The situation in Monrovia is so bad that officials say 1210 beds are required; the current capacity is 240 beds. The Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) situation in Guinea and Sierra Leone doesn’t fare much better.
To date, 318 health care workers have been infected with EVD in this outbreak with about half of then dying.
Safe burial teams in Liberia are being taken to task as efforts are being made to increase those numbers.
In the separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 new cases have been reported since the last update. As at 15 September 2014, there have been 71 cases (53 confirmed and probable, 18 suspected) of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page