Ebola Hotspots – Sitrep # 2
Today the World Health Organization has released their second in a series of weekly situation updates in their new Ebola Response Roadmap format (see last week’s SitRep #1). This report describes Ebola transmission over the past three weeks in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as being `dramatically increased’, and both `widespread and intense‘.
A few excerpts from the report, but follow the link to download and read data and graphic rich update it in its entirety.
5 September 2014
This is the second in a series of regular updates on the Ebola Response Roadmap. The update contains a review of the epidemiological situation and response monitoring against the core Roadmap indicators. Additional indicators will be reported as data are consolidated.
The data contained in this report are based on the best information available. Disease Outbreak News will continue to give information on new cases as they are reported officially to WHO. Substantial efforts are being made to improve the availability and accuracy of information about both the epidemiological situation and the response implementation.
Following the roadmap structure, country reports fall into three categories: those with widespread and intense transmission (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone); those with an initial case or cases, or with localized transmission (Nigeria, Senegal); and those sharing land borders with areas of active transmission (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal).
The total number of probable, confirmed and suspected cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa was 3685, with 1841 deaths, as at 31 August (see http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_09_04_ebola/en/). Countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.1 The figure below shows the total number of cases by country that have been reported between the beginning of January 2014 (epidemiological week 1) and 31 August 2014 (epidemiological week 35).
In the past three weeks, cases have dramatically increased in the three countries with widespread and intense transmission, both inland and in the capitals. This highlights the urgent need to reinforce control measures and increase capacity for case management, safe burials, contact tracing, and social mobilization.