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4/1/2014 Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea and Liberia Continues

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea increased the number of suspected and confirmed cases to 112, as of March 30, 2014. This includes 70 deaths (case fatality ratio: 62.5%) and 24 laboratory confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF).  Eleven confirmed cases and 4 new suspected cases have been reported in the capital of Conakry. For the first time, a suspected case has been reported from the Dabola district in Guinea and laboratory tests have confirmed 2 positive cases of EHF in Liberia from persons with recent travel history to Guinea. Additional reports of suspect cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone are under investigation.

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors without Borders) is helping the Ministry of Health of Guinea in establishing treatment and isolation centers in the epicenter of the outbreak. In Liberia, several international organizations including the International Red Cross (IRC), Pentecostal Mission Unlimited (PMU)-Liberia, and Samaritan’s Purse (SP) Liberia are aiding the Ministry of Health of Liberia by supporting awareness campaigns and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. The Institut Pasteur in Lyon, France, and the Institut Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal are a few of the laboratories collaborating to test samples. To date, 26 cases from Guinea and Liberia have been laboratory confirmed by PCR for Ebola virus. CDC is in regular communication with its international partners WHO and MSF regarding the outbreak.  CDC has sent a 5 person team to Guinea to assist Guinea MOH and WHO led international response to the Ebola outbreak.

WHO Guinea Update

WHO Liberia Update

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