Update on Ebola Outbreak in West Africa


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.

UN Updates on Ebola Outbreak

Looking for updates about Ebola outbreak? Here is a selection of online UN resources.

News, facts and figures are regularly updated:

World Health Organization

WHO Global Alert and Response site, includes advice for travelers, frequently asked questions and factsheet on Ebola and more
Disease Outbreak news
WHO on Twitter
WHO on Facebook

Other UN sources

United Nations News Centre
UN Radio
@UN on Twitter
United Nations Facebook
UN Mission in Liberia on Twitter
UN Mission in Liberia on Facebook
UN Liberia website
Dag Hammarskjöld Library: Ebola virus quick guide

Additional  non-UN sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
The Ebola Response Center in Liberia on Facebook
Sierra Leone: Ministry of Health on Facebook
Nigerian Ministry of Health
Médecins Sans Frontières

Note: the UN cannot verify the information on external websites.

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