WHO – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) [to 18 October 2014]

WHO Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Situation report update – 17 October 2014
A total of 9216 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been Reported in seven affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) up to the end of 14 October. There have been 4555 deaths. A second EVD–negative sample was obtained from the single confirmed case in Senegal on 5 September (42 days ago). WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over…

Virtual press briefing on Ebola response
14 October 2014
Speakers: Dr Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director-General, Polio and Emergencies
Audio of the press briefing
mp3, 66 Mb, [01:11:00]

Ebola situation assessments
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal is over
17 October 2014
Are the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal over?
14 October 2014

Highlights
Consolidated Ebola virus disease preparedness checklist
pdf, 220kb October 2014
The checklist will be adapted based on feedback by the countries.
WHO and Partners agree on a common approach to strengthen Ebola preparedness in unaffected countries
Brazzaville, 10 October 2014 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations meeting in Brazzaville have agreed on a range of core actions to support countries unaffected by Ebola in strengthening their preparedness in the event of an outbreak.
Building on national and international existing preparedness efforts, a set of tools is being developed to help any country to intensify and accelerate their readiness.
One of these tools is a comprehensive checklist of core principles, standards, capacities and practices, which all countries should have or meet. The checklist can be used by countries to assess their level of preparedness, guide their efforts to strengthen themselves and to request assistance. Items on the checklist include infection prevention control, contact tracing, case management, surveillance, laboratory capacity, safe burial, public awareness and community engagement and national legislation and regulation to support country readiness….
The initial focus of support by WHO and partners will be on “highest priority countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Senegal – followed by “high priority countries” – Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Togo. Criteria used to prioritize countries include geographical proximity to affected countries, trade and migration patterns and strength of health systems.
There are other ongoing epidemics of Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo and Mar-burg hemorrhagic fever in Uganda. Given the history of epidemics in the Central Africa region, countries sharing borders with these States should be supported to strengthen their preparedness….

WHO IN ACTION
Liberia: working with communities is the key to stopping Ebola
12 October 2014
Related news on Ebola
WHO congratulates Senegal on ending Ebola transmission
17 October 2014
CDC/MMWR Watch [to 18 October2014]
http://www.cdc.gov/media/index.html

Ebola Outbreak – 2014
:: FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Dallas and Ohio Flights 10/17/2014 –
:: Media Statement: CDC Expands Passenger Notification 10/16/2014 –
Transcript: CDC Update on Ebola Response 10/15/2014 –
:: CDC and Frontier Airlines Announce Passenger Notification Underway – Media Statement10/15/2014, 11:32 AM
:: Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in One Additional Healthcare Worker – Media Statement10/15/2014, 5:00 AM
:: CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment – Fact Sheet – Media Statement10/14/2014, 10:00 PM
:: CDC update on Ebola Response, 10-14-2014 – Transcript10/14/2014, 5:01 PM

MMWR October 17, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 41
:: Cluster of Ebola Cases Among Liberian and U.S. Health Care Workers in an Ebola Treatment Unit and Adjacent Hospital — Liberia, 2014
:: Developing an Incident Management System to Support Ebola Response — Liberia, July–August 2014
:: Surveillance and Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease — New York City, 2014
:: Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2013–14 School Year
CDC analyzes school vaccination data collected by federally funded state, local, and territorial immunization programs each year, to assess state and national vaccination coverage and exemption levels among kindergartners. This report describes vaccination coverage in 49 states and the District of Columbia (DC) and vaccination exemption rates in 46 states and DC for children enrolled in kindergarten during the 2013–14 school year.