Ebola cases rise to 1,323; 2 African doctors die

Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP News
Jul 30, 2014

In West Africa’s quickly evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, the illness continues to exact a heavy toll on healthcare providers and disrupt aid work, with reports of more cases and deaths and news that two top doctors in Sierra Leone and Liberia have died from their infections, according to official sources and media reports.

The outbreak in West Africa, the world’s biggest and deadliest, has been an enormous challenge for affected countries and threatens other African nations

Health officials outside Africa have said the disease threat to other regions of the world is low, because EVD is spread only by exposure to the blood and body fluids of infected patients, and infected people aren’t contagious until they show symptoms. However, authorities in nations such as the United States and England have warned healthcare providers that they should be prepared to see isolated cases in travelers.
WHO: Nigeria case is significant development

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update today that 122 new infections and 57 more deaths were reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria between Jul 24 and 27. The new cases raise the outbreak’s overall total to 1,323 cases, 729 of them fatal. The largest number of new reports was from Liberia, which had 80 new cases and 27 deaths.

Sierra Leone, the country with the highest case count so far, reported 8 new cases and 9 more fatalities from EVD. Guinea added 33 more cases and 20 deaths to its total.

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