new Ebola cases, 25 deaths in West Africa - WHO
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[July 09, 2014]
By Stephanie Nebehay
GENEVA (Reuters) - Fifty
new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in
Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the
deadly virus spreads in families, the World Health
Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the United Nations agency said that the latest
figures from health ministries in the three countries showed a total
of 844 cases including 518 deaths in the epidemic that began in
Guinea's ministry reported two deaths since July 3, but no new cases
in the past week, the WHO said, calling the situation in the
affected region of West Africa a "mixed picture".
Sierra Leone accounted for 34 of the new cases and 14 deaths, while
Liberia reported 16 new cases and 9 deaths.
"These numbers indicate that active viral transmission continues in
the community," it said.
WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib, speaking to a Geneva news briefing
earlier on Tuesday, said: "This means that the two main modes of
transmission are home care, people who care for their relative at
home, and during funerals, are still ongoing."
"If we don't stop the transmission in the several hotspots in the
three countries we will not be able to say that we control the
outbreak," she said.
A U.S. citizen who was suspected of having Ebola because he fell ill
after travelling to the region affected by Ebola died on Monday in
Ghana. The man, who has not been identified, was in quarantine at a
clinic in the capital Accra.
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Four tests on the man have all proved negative for Ebola, Ghana's
health ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday.
West African countries and international health organizations
adopted a fresh strategy last Thursday to fight the world's
deadliest Ebola epidemic to date. Measures include better
surveillance to detect the virus and enhancing cross-border
(Additional reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg
and Grant McCool)
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