WHO has published Ebola virus disease update - West Africa. It includes a summary of the Emergency Committee's PHEIC recommendation. Excerpt, reformatted:
On Friday, 8 August, the Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, gave a press briefing to the international media from WHO Headquarters. Dr Chan will give an additional briefing on the situation of the outbreak and the ongoing response in the region to the Permanent and Observer Missions to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva on Tuesday, 12 August.
Permanent Representatives of the affected countries have been invited to speak on behalf of their respective Governments on the national Ebola response and priorities.
On Monday, 11 August, WHO will convene a panel of medical ethics experts to begin looking at the use of experimental treatments in the ongoing EVD outbreak in West Africa. At this time, there are no registered medicines or vaccines against this deadly virus; several experimental options are currently under development, though.
The recent treatment of two health workers from US faith-based aid organizations has raised questions about whether medicines that have never been tested or shown to be safe in humans should be used in outbreak situations. In the case of Ebola, supplies are extremely limited, which then raises questions about who should receive it, if it’s used.
New cases and deaths attributable to EVD continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Between 5 and 6 August 2014, 68 new cases (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) of EVD and 29 deaths were reported from the four countries as follows:
• Guinea, 0 new cases and 4 deaths;
• Liberia, 38 new cases and 12 deaths;
• Nigeria, 4 new cases and 1 death; and
• Sierra Leone, 26 new cases and 12 deaths.
As of 6 August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the four countries stands at 1 779, including 961 deaths. The distribution and classification of the cases are as follows:
• Guinea, 495 cases (355 confirmed, 133 probable, and 7 suspected), including 367 deaths;
• Liberia, 554 cases (148 confirmed, 274 probable, and 132 suspected), including 294 deaths;
• Nigeria, 13 cases (0 confirmed, 7 probable, and 6 suspected), including 2 deaths; and
• Sierra Leone, 717 cases (631 confirmed, 38 probable, and 48 suspected), including 298 deaths.