WHO issues Ebola situation report

This map indicates the geographical distribution of total confirmed cases. | Courtesy of the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a situation report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa on Wednesday.

In the report, the organization said that there have been no new cases since Oct. 29 in Guinea. The WHO has also declared that transmission of the virus has stopped in Sierra Leone. With that declaration, both Liberia and Sierra Leone have been successful in eliminating transmission for remaining viral chains.

The WHO reports that there have been a total of 28,598 suspected, confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with a total of 11,299 fatalities reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The first phase of the outbreak response framework is the interruption of the transmission of EVD. The WHO reports that the second phase is the response and management of residual risks. Efforts associated with this consist of surveillance in case a reemergence of the disease occurs. According to the situation report, 463 fatalities were reported during the week ending Nov. 15. Approximately 2248 fatalities are expected based on population and mortality data that has been collected in Guinea.

In Sierra Leone, 1,332 fatalities were reported the week ending on Nov. 8. The WHO believes this accounts for 64 percent of the total anticipated fatalities for the country. Liberia does not have equivalent data at this point.

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