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Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM


According to the World Health Organization, as of December 10, a total of 17,942 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola-virus disease and 6,388 reported deaths have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and the United States) and three previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal and Spain).

Reported case incidence is slightly increasing in Guinea (103 confirmed and probable cases reported in the week to December 7), declining in Liberia (29 new confirmed cases in the three days to December 3) and may still be increasing in Sierra Leone (397 new confirmed cases in the week to December 7).

The case fatality rate across the three most affected countries in all reported cases with a recorded definitive outcome is 76 per cent; in hospitalised patients the case fatality rate is 61 per cent.

Sierra Leone has 7,897 cases and 1,768 deaths; Liberia - 7,719 cases and 3,177 deaths; and Guinea - 2,292 cases and 1,428 deaths.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have sufficient capacity to isolate and treat all reported Ebola cases, and bury all related deaths safely and with dignity. However, local variations mean capacity is still insufficient in some areas.