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CDC Digital Press Kit: Ebola Outbreak – 2014

August 27, 2014 Comments off

CDC Digital Press Kit: Ebola Outbreak – 2014
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC is rapidly increasing its ongoing efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. The outbreak in West Africa is worsening, but CDC, along with other U.S. government agencies and international partners, is taking active steps to respond to this rapidly changing situation.

CDC elevated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to a Level 1 activation, its highest level, because of the significance of the outbreak in West Africa.
CDC is surging our response with the current challenges that we are facing. CDC is sending additional CDC disease control specialists into the four countries.

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CDC — Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

July 31, 2014 Comments off

Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Highlights

  • July 23, 2014, the Guinea Ministry of Health announced a total of 427 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 319 fatal cases.
  • Affected districts include Conakry, Guéckédou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Dabola, Djingaraye, Télimélé, Boffa, Kouroussa, Dubreka, Fria, and Siguiri; several are no longer active areas of EVD transmission (see map).
  • 311 cases across Guinea have been confirmed by laboratory testing to be positive for Ebola virus infection.
  • In Guinea’s capital city, Conakry, 73 suspect cases have been reported to meet the clinical definition for EVD, including 37 fatal cases.
  • July 23, 2014, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and WHO reported a cumulative total of 525 suspect and confirmed cases, including 419 laboratory confirmations and 224 reported fatal cases.
  • Cases have been reported from 6 Sierra Leone districts: Kailahun, Kambia, Port Loko, Kenema, Bo, and Western.
  • July 23, 2014, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia and WHO have reported 249 suspect and confirmed EHF cases (including 84 laboratory confirmations) and 129 reported fatalities.
  • Genetic analysis of the virus indicates that it is closely related (97% identical) to variants of Ebola virus (species Zaire ebolavirus) identified earlier in the Democratic
  • Republic of the Congo and Gabon (Baize et al. 2014External Web Site Icon).
  • The Guinean Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia are working with national and international partners to investigate and respond to the outbreak.

Education and Displacement: Assessing Conditions for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Affected by Conflict

April 3, 2011 Comments off

Education and Displacement: Assessing Conditions for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Affected by Conflict
Source: Brookings Instituion

Conflicts force people to leave their homes. Indeed, one of the measures of the severity of a conflict – in addition to casualties and duration – is the extent to which people have been displaced from their communities. In a recent survey by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) of 8 conflict-affected countries, 56 percent of people affected by conflict had been displaced and in some conflicts the percentages were far higher, nearly 80 percent in Afghanistan and nearly 90 percent in Liberia. In fact when people living in countries with conflict were asked about their greatest fears, fear of displacement was among their top three concerns – after losing a loved one and economic hardship – but above death, physical injury and sexual and gender-based violence.

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Liberia: Country Specific Information

March 6, 2011 Comments off

Liberia: Country Specific Information
Source: U.S. Department of State

Liberia is a country in West Africa that suffered from years of instability and conflict from 1990-2003, with attendant destruction of buildings, roads, infrastructure, and public institutions. A comprehensive peace accord ended the conflict in August 2003 and a United Nations peacekeeping force (UNMIL) was deployed to facilitate disarmament and demobilization, help arrange democratic elections, and provide for security of the country. In late 2005, Liberians went to the polls and elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president. The new government was inaugurated in January 2006, and has made progress towards restoring security and stability to the country. Elections are currently scheduled for October-November 2011.

Despite seven years of peace and a renewal of economic growth, Liberia is still one of the poorest countries in the world and many basic services (e.g., public power, water and sewage, landline phones) are either limited or unavailable. Facilities for foreign visitors are adequate in the capital, Monrovia, but virtually non-existent in the rest of the country. The official language of Liberia is English.

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