WHO provides update on Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

The World Health Organization gave a status update on Tuesday for the state of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa.

In Guinea, the Ministry of Health has reported 208 cases of EVD, including 136 deaths. Health care workers also have been affected, making up 25 of the cases with 16 deaths.

The MoH said it is continuing investigations and tracing activities in the affected areas. It has 217 contacts under medical observation and 92 have completed their follow-up.

The Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said the first laboratory confirmed case occurred in Liberia on March 13, and 34 suspected cases have been reported since then. Six of the cases are confirmed as EVD and 26 are unconfirmed.

The Liberian MoH reported 162 contacts are under medical observation, and 59 have completed follow-up.

In Sierra Leone, 19 suspected EVD cases tested negative for the virus. As part of surveillance, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone tested additional patients in isolation for investigation of viral hemorrhagic fever-like illness. They also tested negative for EVD.

The incubation period for EVD is three weeks, and the governments said new cases may continue to be reported and identified in neighboring countries.

WHO did not make any recommendations for travel or trade in Guinea or Liberia.