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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is still raging

on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:42

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is continuing to claim victims in West Africa: 31 new cases and 4 new deaths were reported between 15 and 17 June in Sierra Leona, 7 with 5 deaths in Guinea between 14 and 16 June, and 9 – 5 of which lethal – between 11 and 16 June in Liberia. This brings the cumulative number of cases and deaths reported from the three countries to 528 cases and 337 deaths, Guinea being the country with the highest death toll (264).

The World Health Organization (WHO) is collaborating with the Ministries of Health of African countries in several ways: by assessing the overall response to EVD; by supporting coordination and communication between the three affected countries; by supporting the Ministries of Health in addressing community resistance that is emerging in some areas; by deploying additional experts in the various specialties that could prove useful in the struggle against community and health facility transmission of the virus.

Based on its information, WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone.