Publication date: 2018-05-24 09:45
"WHO reiterated that it does not recommend any ban on international travel or trade. It stresses that closing borders doesn’t work and is detrimental, as affected countries will be pushed towards a humanitarian crisis and the international community’s ability to fight and reverse the Ebola outbreak will be hampered."
"The WHO said the number of weekly cases has remained below 65 since the end of July, with transmission limited to several small areas in Guinea and Sierra Leone, which it says is indicative of the third phase of the epidemic, with a new response phase to target it."
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared the Ebola outbreak a national emergency. A National Task Force has been formed to combat the outbreak.
". health officials are now recommending people avoid contact with the semen of Ebola survivors after a woman in Liberia contracted Ebola through sexual intercourse with a survivor of the disease. In a report issued on Friday, the . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a review of the 99-year-old woman's case now suggests that the Ebola virus persists longer in semen that previously thought. CDC said it is conducting further studies to see how long the virus can remain viable in body fluids of male and female survivors and the likelihood of sexual transmission. Until more information is known, CDC recommends that if male survivors choose to have sex - oral, vaginal, or anal - they should use a condom every time."
"The World Health Organization has declared that Nigeria is now free of Ebola. In an update issued Monday, the . health agency said the country’s containment of the lethal disease was a “spectacular success story.” The announcement comes after 97 days have passed — twice the disease’s maximum incubation period — since the last case in Nigeria tested negative. WHO said Nigeria had traced nearly every contact of Ebola patients in the country, all of whom were linked to the country’s first patient, a Liberian man who arrived with symptoms in Lagos and later died."
"Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said. Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes. The government, with help from the UN’s World Food Program, is tasked with delivering food and other services to those people. But there are many “nooks and crannies” in the country that are being missed, Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s Sierra Leone representative, said Tuesday."
"Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu on Wednesday said that there is no new cases of Ebola Virus Disease in the country as a Ile-ife case has been quarantined and being investigated. The minister in a press statement signed by his media aide Mr. Dan Nwomeh said the number of people under surveillance in Lagos had reduced drastically to 66 with 955 in Port Harcourt. He said: 'There are no new cases of Ebola at present, there is no single current case of confirmed EVD in Nigeria. However, a suspected case of EVD from Ile-Ife, a university student who had contact with the late Port Harcourt doctor at a naming ceremony in Port Harcourt has been quarantined and is being investigated'."
"The district of Mamou, Guinea, recently reported a confirmed case for the first time. However, in accordance with more recent conflicting data, this case has been discarded pending further clarification."
CDC releasted a report on the control measures used in the imported case in Senegal. Please see report for full timeline of events.
"Despite efforts by the government to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola viral disease in the country, the virus is proving to be hard to defeat as new cases continue to emerge in the Western Area and northern Sierra Leone. Kroo Bay, a sprawling slum community on the Atlantic coastline in the Western Area, is reported to have recorded another confirmed case."