The World Health Organization has released an update on the Ebola Virus outbreak which has claimed nearly 3000 lives. The total number of cases in the West African outbreak has increased to 5843 and the number of deaths has risen to 2803. The report most notably does not include recent data for Liberia which is possibly the worst hit country and data for Sierra Leone will exclude new cases discovered during the country’s lockdown since the official numbers are accurate up to the 19th of September 2014.
WHO announced yesterday that outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal were “virtually” contained which is reflected in the official report. Senegal remains stable with a single reported case while Nigeria has decreased the case count slightly to 20. Nigeria has remained cautious opting to keep schools closed after a back and forth debate between government and education facilities with influencing factors including financial viability with income from students and pay wages being two of the main deciding factors.
The report indicates that at least 7 previously affected areas in Sierra Leone have not reported any new cases which confirms a definite turn around in the region. The integrity of the data from Sierra Leone has been questioned by critics who claim that the local Government may be under-reporting data. The total number of cases in Guinea has risen to 1008 with data reported up until the 20th of September 2014.
With some positive trends appearing in the data it is safe to assume that at least some of the intervention from the local and international community is starting to make a difference in the fight against the deadly outbreak and although a lot of questions have been raised around the integrity of the data received in this report, it is very encouraging to see Senegal and Nigeria successfully containing the spread of the virus.