The number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has topped the 25,000 case mark, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) update Wednesday.
The official count in the three countries with widespread transmission stands at 25,178 cases, including 10,445 deaths to date.
A total of 82 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 29 March, a slight increase compared with 79 cases the previous week. Case incidence in Guinea increased to 57, compared with 45 the previous week. This offset a fourth consecutive weekly fall in case incidence in Sierra Leone, which reported 25 confirmed cases. Liberia reported no confirmed cases over the same period.
The last confirmed case in Liberia passed away on 27 March. Investigations are ongoing to establish the origin of infection.
In the US, the five U.S. healthcare workers who underwent monitoring at a Nebraska medical center after possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa have completed their quarantine periods and were symptom-free, according to tweets by the Nebraska Medical Center yesterday.