Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Control Centre

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Control Centre

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The World Health Organization (WHO) opened a Sub-regional Control Centre in Conakry, Guinea, to better coordinate the response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease that has spread from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone and is expected to last for months. The centre will coordinate the many international organizations and nongovernmental organizations providing technical support to the three countries, health officials said at a meeting of health ministers from 11 west African countries last month in Accra, Ghana.

Technical teams with staff from WHO and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, including Medecins Sans Frontieres and National Red Cross Societies, as well as United Nations partners, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others, have been working with the national authorities to try to contain the outbreak, the largest to date, with 603 deaths and 964 cases since the first case was reported five months ago (as of 12 July).

"To contain the outbreak, teams working in the three countries must find and halt the chain of transmission of Ebola cases in each of the sites where cases have occurred," said Dr Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General for Health Security at WHO headquarters. …

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