Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WHO Ebola Response Roadmap Update – Sept 16th




# 9082

The World Health Organization has published a new update on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.  I’ve only posted some excerpts, follow the link to read the 4 page document in its entirety.





16 September 2014

Following  the  roadmap  structure,  country  reports  fall  into  two  categories:  those  with  widespread and intense transmission (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone); and those with an initial case or cases, or with localized transmission (Nigeria, Senegal)
A  second  meeting  of  the  Emergency  Committee  convened  by  the  Director-General  under  the International  Health  Regulations  (2005)  [IHR  (2005)]  regarding  the  2014  Ebola  outbreak  in  West Africa will begin discussion via email this week. The meeting will review the status of the outbreak as a  public  health  emergency  of  international  concern,  and  assess  the  impact  of  current  temporary measures to contain the outbreak and reduce international spread.


4963  (probable, confirmed and suspected; see Annex 1) cases and  2453  deaths have been reported in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease as at 13 September 2014 by the Ministries of Health of Guinea and Sierra Leone, and as at 9 September by the Ministry of Health of Liberia.

Table 1: Probable, confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone


There  are  several  points  to  be  considered  when  interpreting  epidemiological  data  for  the  Ebola outbreak. Many of the deaths attributed to Ebola virus in this outbreak occurred in people who were suspected, but not confirmed, to have died from the disease. Ebola cases are only confirmed when a sample  tests  positive in  the  laboratory.  If  samples  taken  from  a  body  test  negative  for  Ebola,  that person is no longer counted among Ebola deaths and the figures are adjusted accordingly. However, because laboratory services and treatment centres are currently overwhelmed in several countries, the  numbers  of  probable  and  suspected  cases,  together  with  those  confirmed,  may  be  a  more accurate reflection of case numbers. Work is also ongoing to resolve discrepancies between different sources of data, which may lead to a revision of the numbers of cases and deaths in the future.

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