oa South African Family Practice - Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa : a fast moving target! : editorial

Volume 56, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



This is a follow-up editorial on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic in West Africa, with its spread outside the region to the USA and Europe via the few individuals who travelled outside the three countries most affected by the epidemic. The number of infected individuals increases on a daily basis. As of 9 November 2014 (updated 12 November 2014), a total of 14 068 cases, of which 8 688 were laboratory confirmed, as well as 5 147 cumulative deaths, were reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. During the same period, countries with travel-associated cases have reported a total of 30 cases (of which 27 were laboratory confirmed) and 13 deaths, as follows: Mali, four cases (four deaths); Senegal, one case (no deaths); Nigeria, 20 cases (eight deaths); Spain, one case (no deaths) and the USA, four cases (one death).

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