Ebola virus disease outbreak

Ebola communication: WHO staff talking to a community in Guinea.

Ebola outbreak is still a public health emergency of international concern

5 October 2015 -- The Emergency Committee on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations, met for the 7th time on 1 October 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to consider whether the outbreak continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and to review, extend or revise temporary recommendations that accompany that declaration. The committee advised that the Ebola outbreak continues to constitute a PHEIC and issued a series of new recommendations that supersede those issued previously.

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Training of Ebola health workers, Liberia

Ebola response phase 3: Achieving and sustaining a resilient zero

18 September 2015 -- The Ebola Phase 3 framework incorporates new knowledge and tools into the ongoing Ebola response and recovery work to achieve and sustain a "resilient zero". Phase 3 builds upon the rapid scale-up of treatment beds, safe and dignified burial teams, and behaviour change capacities during Phase 1; and the enhanced capacities for case finding, contract tracing, and community engagement during Phase 2. It includes new developments and breakthroughs in Ebola control, from vaccines, diagnostics and response operations to survivor counselling and care.

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Ebola contact tracing team at work in the quarantined village, Bombali district, Sierra Leone.

Rapid response to new Ebola infection in Bombali, Sierra Leone

16 September 2015 -- WHO is helping Sierra Leone to mobilize all its experience and partners to ensure that any new cases of Ebola are investigated and transmission of the disease stopped as rapidly as possible. Sad news that a 16-year old girl had died from Ebola in Bombali district, a part of the country that had a large outbreak 5 months ago, sparked an immediate inter-agency rapid response. Partners sent people with the skills and equipment needed to stop further infection in Bombali.

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Ebola contact tracers at work in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone

The Ebola outbreak is not yet over, but we are very close

15 September 2015 -- At her address to the Regional Committee for Europe, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, says the Ebola outbreak is not yet over, but we are very close. We are in a phase where we can track the last chains of transmission, and break them. To get to this phase, WHO deployed more than 1000 staff to 68 field sites in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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Ebola in Sierra Leone: Reproductive health team on a daily visit to the expectant mothers quarantined in a village.

Stopping Ebola: It takes collaboration to care for a village

10 September 2015 -- In late August 2015, a woman from Sella Kafta village died from Ebola virus disease, bitterly disappointing the country hoping to see an end of Ebola transmission. The local authorities decided to quarantine the entire village for 21 days. Different organizations provided food, water, supplies, social support, educational support for children, even solar powered telephones and assistance with farms so that crops were not left to rot during the growing season. Here in pictures are a few examples of what it takes to close down Ebola virus transmission.

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WHO epidemiologists are discussing with mothers to get their children back to the health centres and lower childhood mortality rates, Sierra Leone

Guidance for care of pregnant women in an Ebola outbreak

8 September 2015 -- There is no evidence to show that women who survive Ebola virus disease (EVD) and subsequently become pregnant pose a risk for Ebola virus transmission. However, pregnant women with active EVD may transmit the virus during delivery or management of obstetric complications. Read this guidance document on screening and triage of pregnant women in the context of an Ebola outbreak; infection prevention and control precautions for pregnant women; management of contacts and survivors and lactation for EVD survivors.

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Liberia free of Ebola transmission, 3 September 2015

Ebola transmission in Liberia over. Nation enters 90-day intensive surveillance period

3 September 2015 -- Today, 3 September 2015, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population. Forty-two days have passed since the second negative test on 22 July 2015 of the last laboratory-confirmed case. Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.

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UN - Global Ebola Response

The UN Secretary-General appointed a Special Envoy on Ebola and established the Global Ebola Response Coalition - a committed group of organisations to collectively provide strategic coordination and play a concerted role in the Ebola response.

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