While the Ebola outbreaks in both Nigeria and Senegal officially ended in October 2014 and both countries declared free of Ebola, a new United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) report looks at the impact of the 13,241 cases identified and 4,950 deaths reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone so far.
A large group of men, women and children, all in their best clothes, is gathered in the yard of a house in Wellington, an Ebola-hit western area of Freetown. The dresses and headscarves are bright but the faces are sombre. Alie Kamara, the owner of the house, died this morning and lies inside. He will be buried within a few hours. The manner of his burial is difficult for this community, just as it would be for friends and relatives in any town anywhere in the world.
If there can be a faint silver lining to the Ebola epidemic, it’s that it demonstrates how unknown, underestimated, or ignored weaknesses in poor countries’ health systems and in the existing global health-security regime (such as it is) constitute a threat. The dearth of health system capacity in poor countries is no longer just a humanitarian and development concern, but a national security concern for the United States as well.
Speed. That's key to ending the Ebola epidemic, says the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Thomas Frieden is visiting West Africa this week to figure out how to reduce the time it takes to find new Ebola cases and isolate them. Otherwise, Ebola could become a permanent disease in West Africa.
Liberia has begun treating Ebola patients with serum therapy - a treatment made from the blood of recovered survivors. Doctors hope the experimental treatment could help combat the virus that has been sweeping West Africa and killing thousands of people.
Sweetie Sweetie had no choice.
Her father had just died of Ebola. So had her sister. Her mother was vomiting blood and fading fast.
When the ambulance arrived and her mother climbed in, Sweetie Sweetie climbed in, too. Ebola had been like a pox on her entire house, and even though the young girl looked fine, with no symptoms, nobody in her village, even relatives, wanted to take her. With nowhere else to go, she followed her mother all the way into the red zone of an Ebola
Monique Nagelkirke, Médecins sans Frontières for Sierra Leone said that public celebrations are not a good idea due to spread of the disease. She said: 'The east is doing well but Freetown, as a big city,has a lot of new cases coming up'.
The government's Ebola response unit said soldiers would be deployed during the festive period to make sure people didn't gather in the streets or other public places.
Sierra Leone's president implored the country's traditional leaders on Thursday to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses.
Confronted with a fast-moving Ebola epidemic, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone declared national emergencies and called for international assistance. These were important moves, but a Bloomberg School alum and a DrPH student contend the key to containing Ebola will be a straightforward yet deeply challenging task: changing people’s behaviors.
Mali has no remaining cases of the Ebola virus as the last patient in the country has recovered and left hospital, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. Six people have died of Ebola in Mali, while two others have recovered.
When 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno caught a fever, started vomiting, passed blood in his stool and died two days later, nobody knew why.
Health officials in Sierra Leone have discovered scores of bodies in a remote diamond-mining area, raising fears that the scale of the Ebola outbreak may have been underreported.
They risked and persisted, sacrificed and saved. Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why the Ebola Fighters are TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2014
KERRY TOWN, Sierra Leone — On a freshly cleared hillside outside the capital, where the trees have been chopped down and replaced with acres of smooth gravel, the new Ebola treatment center seems to have everything. There are racks of clean pink scrubs and white latex boots, bathrooms that smell like Ajax, solar-powered lights, a pharmacy tent, even a thatch-roofed hut to relax in. But one piece is missing: staff.
The Times is now in its sixth month of covering the spread of Ebola. One measure of the effort’s intensity: Since late July, more than 70 front-page Ebola stories have been published, carrying the bylines of nearly three dozen Times writers. The paper has produced more than 350 articles about Ebola this year.
To give you an overview of what’s happening in the Ebola outbreak, we’ve organized the latest developments in a curated summary.
It has been a month since Kenema district recorded its last case of the deadly Ebola virus on November 1. Although officials insist that vigilance is key to keeping the district Ebola-free, it is clear that part of the battle has been won.