Current Situation

Cases in the most affected countries

  • There were 12 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 24 May: 9 from Guinea and 3 from Sierra Leone. A total of 5 districts (3 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone) reported at least one confirmed case, compared with 6 districts the previous week. The west-Guinean prefecture of Forecariah reported the most cases of any one district, and continues to present the greatest challenge in terms of response, with multiple chains of transmission over a wide geographical area (4 sub-prefectures), and the continued occurrence of cases from unknown sources of infection.
  • Cases from Guinea were reported from the western prefectures of Dubreka (3 cases) and Forecariah (5 cases), with a single case reported from the north-western prefecture of Boke, which borders Guinea-Bissau. In line with the previous week, cases in Boke and Dubreka were concentrated in the sub-prefectures of Kamsar and Tanene, respectively. The 5 cases reported from Forecariah were reported from 4 different sub-prefectures. A 4-day targeted case-finding and sensitisation campaign concluded in Forecariah on 19 May. During the course of the campaign multidisciplinary teams trained in case detection and social mobilisation visited 8023 homes, and contacted 38 557 people. 

Our Work

WHO works with national governments and leads the international community to provide emergency health services in countries with widespread Ebola transmission as well as prevent outbreaks in countries that are unaffected.

Response
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Stop transmission in all affected countries by:

  • Identify and trace people with Ebola
  • Care for persons with Ebola
  • Safe and dignified burials
  • Infection prevention and control
Preparedness
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Prevent outbreaks in any new countries:

  • Cross border preparedness and communication
  • Preparedness in unaffected countries
  • Rapid response teams for new outbreaks
Research and Development
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Fast track access to new health technologies:

  • New vaccines
  • Rapid diagnostics
  • Treatments
  • Blood products

Get Involved

Funding

Funding requirements for WHO Ebola response plan, March - December 2015

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If you want to play a more direct role in the response then consider WHO vacancies and also visit UN Volunteering in the West Africa region.

News

29 May 2015

When Leticia Linn arrived in Monrovia on 13 July 2014, most people in Liberia were not taking Ebola seriously and denial about the outbreak was widespread.

27 May 2015

Health workers have an obligation to provide the best medical care to improve patient survival, but also to provide symptom relief and palliation when required.

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