CDC releases update on Ebola outbreak

Number of days since last confirmed case of Ebola virus disease and number of confirmed cases in the past 21 days — Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, January 5–25, 2015 | Courtesy of the CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an update Friday on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of Sunday there have been 22,092 confirmed and suspected cases, with 8,810 people dying from Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The majority of these have been reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. According to the report, Sierra Leone had an average of 11 new cases per day from Jan. 5-25, while Guinea had an average of three. The average occurrence of new cases in Liberia is less than one per day.

New cases have been the most prominent in the western region of Sierra Leone, specifically around Port Loko and the Western Urban area, with each region reporting 70 and 106 new cases, respectively, from Jan. 5-25.

In Mali, there were eight reported cases with six deaths. The CDC reports that there have been no new cases since Dec. 5, and on Jan. 18 the WHO declared Mali free of Ebola.

Symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, weakness and spontaneous bleeding or bruising.

The CDC is continuing its efforts in assisting the WHO and health ministries in affected countries. 

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