Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

GENEVA Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:06pm EDT

A scientist separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate any Ebola RNA in order to test for the virus at the European Mobile Laboratory in Gueckedou April 3, 2014.   REUTERS/Misha Hussain

A scientist separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate any Ebola RNA in order to test for the virus at the European Mobile Laboratory in Gueckedou April 3, 2014.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

This brought the total in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly viral disease to 888 cases including 539 deaths since February, the United Nations agency said.

"The epidemic trend in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains precarious with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported," the WHO said.

Just one confirmed new case had been reported during the past week in Guinea, where the WHO said it was closely monitoring the situation. There has been resistance among some communities to measures recommended to control the outbreak, such as precautions during traditional burial ceremonies.

Ebola causes vomiting and diarrhea, impairs kidney and liver function and may cause internal and external bleeding. It kills up to 90 percent of those infected and is spread by close contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected people. There is no treatment or vaccine.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) set up an Ebola solidarity fund at a summit in the capital of Ghana on Thursday in a bid to back a regional approach to the epidemic. Nigeria committed $3.5 million to affected states.

"We must do everything within our means and power to defeat this deadly disease. We must exercise vigilance and caution and avoid any panic or misinformation," Ghanaian President John Mahama, who is chairman of ECOWAS, said in a speech in Accra.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; additional reporting by Kwasi Kpodo in Accra; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (2)
IAmTheKing wrote:
Oh great, barrack ebama is going to ruin their lives too?

Jul 12, 2014 12:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
annie248 wrote:
“There is no treatment or vaccine.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-03/tekmira-ebola-drug-trial-placed-on-hold-by-u-s-fda.html

http://globalnews.ca/news/1440352/calls-for-testing-experimental-ebola-vaccine-in-west-africa-intensifies/

http://www.ohio.com/news/nation/promising-ebola-treatments-face-test-hurdles-as-hundreds-die-1.503535

http://guardianlv.com/2014/07/ebola-patients-should-not-be-given-experimental-therapies/

Jul 13, 2014 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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