World Health Organization: Since the outbreak began, more than 240 health care workers in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone have been infected with Ebola and at least 120 have died. The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a situation assessment report on the record number of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been infected.
They attribute this high proportion of infections among professionals to a number of factors: shortages in, and improper use of, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and gloves; insufficient numbers of medical staff for such a large outbreak and resultant long work hours. The WHO has reinforced that "Training in proper use (of PPE) is absolutely essential, as are strict procedures for infection prevention and control."
WHO also temporarily closed a laboratory in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, after a staff member was infected there. This case will be investigated, specifically looking for risk factors for further infections among staff. Another WHO team is standing by in Freetown to return to work in Kaliahun "once the investigation has been completed and appropriate actions have been taken."
Democratic Republic of the Congo: In a media statement, the Health Minister said that the death of a woman who had Ebola-like symptoms in Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur province, was not Ebola.
Liberia: A doctor who was confirmed to be infected with Ebola has died. He was given the experimental drug ZMapp after which he showed some signs of improvement but his health deteriorated further and he died on 24 August.
Nigeria: The Ministry of Health updated its case count to 13 cases and 5 deaths.
Sierra Leone: Health officials have reported new cases.
United Kingdom: The British nurse who was infected with Ebola while in Sierra Leone isbeing treated with the experimental medication ZMapp. He was medically evacuated back to the United Kingdom over the weekend.