WHO steps up West Africa Ebola response, reports new cases

Thursday, April 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP News
Apr 10, 2014

Five more suspected Ebola virus cases have been detected in Guinea and Liberia, with two more deaths from the disease reported in Liberia, as activities ramped up in the region to detect possible cases and train health workers in infection control practices.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa said today that 158 clinically compatible cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in Guinea, 66 of them lab-confirmed. The number is one more than reported on Apr 8. The number of deaths held at 101, the same as in the earlier report.

One more infection has been reported in a healthcare worker, pushing the number of illnesses in that group to 15, according to a WHO statement. The latest illness onsets were Apr 8, reported in recently identified patients in Conakry, the country’s capital, and Guekedou, a city in the country’s southeastern forested region, which appears to be the outbreak’s main hotspot.

Liberia’s health ministry is reporting 25 EVD cases, an increase of four. Five cases are lab-confirmed, and all of those patients have died, according to the WHO. The most recent illness onset was Apr 6. The fatality count is at 12, two more than reported earlier this week.

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