Tag Archives: World Health Organization

Ebola Death Toll Continues to Rise

It was reported today that there have been at least 1229 Ebola deaths with over 2200 Ebola infections and hundreds more possible Ebola infections.

Here are a few Ebola outbreak updates for you:

In Liberia, the suspected Ebola virus patients (who were likely to have the Ebola Virus) who fled a quarantined Ebola treatment center have turned themselves in to a hospital.  The patients fled the Ebola clinic when it was ransacked by armed men who looted the place a few days ago.  There was great fear that with the “escaped” Ebola patients wondering around and with the looted items from the clinic being spread around, that the Ebola virus could spread throughout one of the largest slums in the area.

The Ebola situation has gotten so bad in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone that entire villages have been quarantined.  Because of that, many people are starving and don’t have the basics for survival.  The U.N. World Food Program is said to be preparing to deliver food for one million people in the affected areas to provide aid and relief.  The spokeswoman for the World Health Organization said she thinks the world is now using high vigilance in all countries.  She said, “I can’t remember the last time we fed 1 million people in a quarantine situation.”

Ebola Outbreak Leads to Emergency World Health Organization Meeting

Global health experts are meeting to discuss the Ebola outbreak and whether or not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.  The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, will be meeting for the next couple of days.

The Ebola Virus has now killed close to nine hundred people in West Africa.  Since the outbreak began in Guinea it has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.  Nigeria experienced their second Ebola death last Wednesday and there are five reported cases in Nigeria’s largest city.  A man who died in Saudi Arabia last week is suspected to have died from an Ebola infection.  When the results come back, if he in fact died of Ebola, he will be the first Ebola death outside of West Africa.   There have been many people suspected to be infected with Ebola in the U.S. but all so far have turned out to not be Ebola (other than Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were transported to the U.S. from Liberia for treatment).

With the outbreak possibly spreading beyond West Africa top health experts are revving up conversations about what to do.  Infectious disease experts have called for experimental treatments to be offered more widely, such as the experimental serum given to Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol.