WHO releases update on Ebola outbreak

Geographic representation of Ebola cases in West Africa as of Dec. 13. | Courtesy of the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a situation report on the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

Through Dec. 13, there were no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus reported in the previous week, and contacts associated with three cases in Liberia that were reported in late November have completed their 21-day follow-up period. Human-to-human transmission surveillance will end on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

The outbreak in Guinea will be declared over with regard to human-to-human transmission on Monday, Dec. 28, if further cases are not reported in the country.

Globally, there have been a total of 28,640 cases associated with the outbreak, consisting of confirmed, probable and suspected cases. The WHO reports that there have been 11,315 fatalities since the outbreak began. The majority of recorded cases have come from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

According to the report, the continued operation of rapid-response teams in affected countries plays a crucial role in all national response strategies. Teams are put into action following the detection of a new case of the disease. This -- along with medical surveillance of potential cases and fatalities -- is ongoing in all affected countries. 

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