Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: More Ebola cases, deaths reported in West Africa. Excerpt:
More Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases and deaths have been reported in two countries affected by the ongoing outbreak in West Africa, including a newly affected district in Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.
The expansion in numbers and areas affected is worrisome, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today in a new risk assessment.
7 new cases in Guinea, 8 in Sierra Leone
In Guinea, 7 new cases and 6 more deaths were reported, including one of each in Kouroussa district, located in the northwestern part of the country, the WHO said. The new infections push the country's total to 351, including 210 that are lab-confirmed. As of Jun 5, 226 deaths had been reported.
Isolation units are treating 33 patients, and health officials are following 1,011 close contacts.
In Sierra Leone as of Jun 6, 8 new cases and 1 more death were reported, bringing the number of confirmed and suspected infections to 89 and the number of deaths to 7.
The WHO said five healthcare workers are among the sick patients, one of whom has died. Eleven patients are hospitalized, and public health workers are following 30 contacts. It said community resistance is still hampering the identification and follow-up of cases.
Liberia hasn't reported any new cases, but health workers are following 11 contacts of a probable case-patient from Sierra Leone who died in Liberia and whose body was taken back to Sierra Leone for burial.