CDC issues Ebola outbreak update

A map of case distribution in West Africa as of Oct. 21. | Courtesy of the CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) released updated information regarding the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa on Wednesday.

In this update, they reported that there are a total of 28,575 cases associated with the outbreak. This includes 15,243 cases that have been confirmed by a laboratory alongside suspected and probable cases. Since the outbreak began, 11, 313 people have succumbed to the disease.

They also reported that, if Sierra Leone does not see additional cases through Nov. 7, it will be declared free of Ebola transmission. According to the report, all contacts associated with prior cases have completed the 21-day monitoring period. The last patient to have had the disease was cleared on Sept. 25.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported three confirmed cases of the disease in Guinea leading up to Oct. 25.

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been the countries to see the heaviest impact of this outbreak. Over the course of the outbreak, 36 cases were reported in countries outside of the outbreak’s main zone.

The U.S. lifted specialized entry screening for travelers coming from Liberia, but these remain in effect for those traveling from Sierra Leone and Guinea. Liberia was declared free of transmission as of Sept. 3.

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