ECDC has published Epidemiological update: outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.Click through for the full update including many links and tables. Excerpt and then a comment:
On 8 August, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) evolving in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Since December 2013 and as of 11 August, 1 975 cases of EVD, including 1 069 deaths have been reported, making this EVD outbreak the worst recorded in terms of geographical spread and number of cases and deaths reported.
On 11 August, a WHO panel reached consensus ”that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention”.
The outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa continues to spread at an alarming pace. New cases are reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and more recently in Nigeria. Since the epidemiological update of 8 August 2014, a 15% increase in number of EVD cases was observed, corresponding to 264 new EVD cases including 137 deaths from the four countries.
On 14 August 2014, WHO issued a statement that “Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”
This brings up an issue I touched on in a post last night: we have almost no demographic breakdowns on Ebola cases: how many men, how many women, how many children, their ages and occupations. We have a statement, quoted in last night's post, that 75% of cases are women, but no details.