President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma meets with WHO’s Dr. Keiji Fukuda and UN System Coordinator Dr. David Nabarro to discuss on Ebola

In March 2014, a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever started in forested areas of south eastern Guinea. As of 25 March, 86 suspected cases including 60 deaths had been reported. Thirteen cases tested positive for Ebola virus, confirming the first Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Guinea (World Health Organization, 25 Mar 2014).

The outbreak subsequently spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

On 1 August, WHO and the governments of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia launched a new joint US$ 100 million response plan as part of an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the outbreak under control.

On 8 August, WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) (WHO, 8 Aug 2014).

As of 22 August, the cumulative number of cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria stands at 2,615, including 1,427 deaths. The distribution and classification of the cases are as follows: Guinea, 607 cases, including 406 deaths; Liberia, 1,082 cases, including 624 deaths; Nigeria, 16 cases, including 5 deaths; and Sierra Leone, 910 cases, including 392 deaths. (WHO, 22 Aug 2014)

Looking for more updates on the Ebola outbreak? Find a list of online UN resources here.

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