Recent Outbreaks: Ebola Update
WHO on Ebola outbreak: ‘It is clear that the situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is deteriorating’
Posted by Robert Herriman on October 15, 2014
What is the situation in West Africa with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak? These three statements by the World Health Organization (WHO) today pretty much sums it up: “There is evidence of an increase in the intensity of transmission in Guinea”, “Evidence obtained from responders and laboratory staff in the country suggests that the situation in Liberia is getting worse” and “EVD transmission is rampant in Sierra Leone”.
PESHAWAR/SHEIKHUPURA- Three new polio cases were diagnosed in Peshawar and Sheikhupura on Saturday. Two more people were tested positive for polio virus in Peshawar taking the toll in the provincial metropolis to 14 this year. As many as 42 polio cases have been reported in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in last over nine months.
According to provincial health department, the number of polio cases has reached 42 in KPK. As many as 208 polio cases have been reported in the country this year, the highest since 2000 when 199 cases were reported. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic. In KPK, the polio cases were reported in different districts which include Peshawar 14, Bannu 12, Tank 5, Mardan 4, Buner 3, Lakki Marwat 2 and Torghar and district Nowshera with one case each.
Recent Outbreaks: Ebola
The total number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in the West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported up to the end of 5 Oct 2014 (epidemiological week 40) is 8033 with 3865 deaths. Countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the United States of America. A confirmed case of EVD has been reported in Spain, but because the case was confirmed during the week ending 12 Oct 2014 (epidemiological week 41), information on this case will be included in the next Ebola Response Roadmap update.
The Bolgatanga [Upper East Region of north Ghana] Regional Hospital has recorded 35 cholera cases in less than 2 weeks. No deaths have been recorded so far, even though some of the patients went through critical stages of the disease. All the patients were brought into the regional hospital, which serves as a referral centre from health facilities in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal and Kassena-Nankana West District.
Dr Larbi said the infection could also be transmitted through contaminated foods. He advised the public to drink clean water, avoid eating cold foods and wash their hands thoroughly before eating, and after visiting the toilet. He advocated the construction of public toilet facilities to discourage open defecation.
Overall, the number of dengue cases has crossed 800 in Madhya Pradesh. This is worrying the city's residents as well as healthcare officials. The question that arises is despite all kinds of facilities, manpower, resources and infrastructure at the disposal of the administration in the state capital, why has it not been able to check dengue that has claimed four lives in Bhopal in 2014?
Recent Outbreaks: Dengue in China
GUANGZHOU, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Some 1,340 new dengue cases were confirmed in south China's Guangdong Province on Friday, said the provincial health authorities on Saturday.
The total number of dengue infections in Guangdong rose to 28,851, over 27 times that of same period last year, according to the provincial health and family planning commission.