Well, here’s your cheery news of the day, courtesy of the World Health Organization:
- The total number of probable and confirmed cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the four affected countries as reported by the respective Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone is 3069, with 1552 deaths.
- The outbreak continues to accelerate. More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities.
- The overall case fatality rate is 52%. It ranges from 42% in Sierra Leone to 66% in Guinea.
- A separate outbreak of Ebola virus disease, which is not related to the outbreak in West Africa, was laboratory-confirmed on 26 August by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is detailed in a separate edition of the Disease Outbreak News.
I think there is some point at which the world should become genuinely concerned. I don’t know that we’re there yet but unless the outbreak(s) begin to subside that point looms nearer.