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Ebola Updates

Jan 21, 2015, 10:10 AM

The latest reports from the World Health Organization stated that, as at 17 January, there were over 21,600 cases and almost 8,600 deaths from Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

As Mali has now been declared Ebola-free, the only other currently affected country is the United Kingdom with one confirmed case in a returned healthcare worker.

Twenty confirmed cases and 13 confirmed deaths have been reported by the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone, as of January 19th. Transmission remains high in Port Loko, with 10 new cases. Seven cases were from Western Area, two from Kambia and one from Bombali districts.

Schools in Liberia are planning to re-open on 2 February 2015.

A batch of 82 Chinese healthcare workers returning from Liberia will be quarantined for a 21-day period.

A South Korean healthcare worker has been discharged from a Berlin hospital in Germany after passing the 21-day incubation period without developing symptoms. The person was being monitored for signs of Ebola infection after a needle-stick injury occurred in Sierra Leone.

No one else has been infected with the Ebola virus as a result of the infected healthcare worker returning from Sierra Leone on 28 December.

The World Health Organization will convene its emergency committee meeting to review the Ebola situation on 20 January. This will be the fourth meeting after the last meeting that was held in October 2014.

Courtesy of www.internationalsos.com