More than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak


More than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
There have been 3,500 confirmed or probable cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
"The outbreaks are racing ahead of the control efforts in these countries," WHO chief Margaret Chan said.
The WHO is meeting on Thursday to examine the most promising treatments and to discuss how to fast-track testing and production.
Disease control experts, medical researchers, officials from affected countries, and specialists in medical ethics will all be represented at the meeting in Geneva.

Ebola response roadmap



Publication details

Number of pages: 27
Publication date: August 2014

: English



WHO issued this roadmap for scaled-up response to the Ebola outbreak. The goal is to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within 6-9 months and prevent international spread.
The roadmap will assist governments and partners in the revision and resourcing of country-specific operational plans for Ebola response, and the coordination of international support for their full implementation. The objectives are:
  • to achieve full geographic coverage with complementary Ebola response activities in countries with widespread and intense transmission
  • to ensure emergency and immediate application of comprehensive Ebola response interventions in countries with an initial case(s) or with localized transmission
  • to strengthen preparedness of all countries to rapidly detect and respond to an Ebola exposure, especially those sharing land borders with an intense transmission area and those with international transportation hubs.

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