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© Carl De Souza, AFP I A health worker examines this girl for signs of Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-19

Cases in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four stricken countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

The WHO also said it was working with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure food delivery to one million people living in Ebola quarantine zones in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“Food has been delivered to hospitalised patients and people under quarantine who are not able to leave their homes to purchase food. Providing regular food supplies is a potent means of limiting unnecessary movement,” the WHO said in a statement.

The WFP is stepping up emergency food deliveries to the quarantined areas, which include severely-affected cities such as Gueckedou in Guinea, Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone and Foya in Liberia.

While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No. 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus among their populations.

Liberian citizens told FRANCE 24 that some bodies of Ebola victims are left in the streets and other public places for days.

On Friday, these small two West African nations and a medical charity chided the WHO for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.

Liberia locates runaway Ebola patients

Liberia said Tuesday that it had found all 17 suspected Ebola patients who fled a quarantine centre in Monrovia after it was looted Saturday night. The information minister said Tuesday that the patients had been transferred to another clinic.

“We are glad to confirm that all of the 17 individuals have been accounted for and have now been transferred to JFK Ebola specialist treatment centre,” said Lewis Brown.

He also said that three infected African doctors who had received the experimental Ebola drug Zmapp were showing “remarkable signs of improvement”, quoting an assessment by the doctor overseeing their treatment.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2014-08-19

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