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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Is Largest Ever — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
June 26, 2014

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Is Largest Ever

By Cara Adler

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

The ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is now the largest such outbreak ever recorded, according to a report in MMWR.

As of June 18, some 528 cases had been reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with 337 deaths (case-fatality rate of 64%). Cases were first reported in late March. The next-largest outbreak, in Uganda during 2000-2001, claimed 425 cases and 224 deaths (case-fatality rate of 53%).

In the few days after June 18, according to a WHO update, there were 10 new cases (all in Liberia) and 15 deaths (in all three countries combined).

The current outbreak is the first in West Africa, and the first to involve transmission in a capital city (Conakry, Guinea).

WHO does not currently recommend any travel restrictions to these areas.

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