The World Health Organization (WHO) says concerning the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa Wednesday: The upward epidemic trend continues in Sierra Leone and most probably also in Liberia. However,
the situation in Guinea, although still of grave concern, appears to have stabilized: between 75 and 100 new confirmed cases have been reported in each of the past five weeks.

Public domain image/Mondo Magic
Public domain image/Mondo Magic

According to the WHO’s latest Ebola Response Roadmap Situation report, the total number of probable, confirmed and suspected cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa was 6263, with 2917 deaths, as at the end of 21 September 2014.

Looking at the 3 main countries affected by the outbreak, the WHO states:

The situation in Guinea remains stable, with between 82 and 102 new confirmed and probable cases reported in each of the past five weeks. Unlike the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone, transmission in the Guinean capital, Conakry, remains stable and moderate, with 3–15 newly reported cases each week.

Concerning Liberia, reporting issues appear to be an issue and as this is ironed out, ” it is likely that the figures will be revised upwards in due course.”

Nationally, the situation in Sierra Leone continues to deteriorate, with an increase in the number of new confirmed cases reported over each of the past five weeks. The increase is driven primarily by a sharp increase in the number of newly reported cases in the capital, Freetown. The neighboring districts of Port Loko, Bombali, and Moyamba have also reported increases in the numbers of cases over the past four to five weeks.