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Ebola response steps up another level

In response to the continued expansion of the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the WHO has opened a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in Conakry, Guinea.

"The Centre will allow monitoring in real-time of the activities to fight the epidemic, in collaboration with the national committees and the teams deployed on the ground," said Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, the WHO Regional Director for Africa.

The Sub-regional Centre will be responsible for ensuring effective use and deployment of limited, but highly critical resources based on prioritization and agreed objectives. The organization and coordination of key support functions and field operations will move closer to outbreak areas, or ‘hot spots’.

WHO has also announced that the first Ebola case in Nigeria has been reported. According to the Nigeria authorities, the case is a 40-year-old Liberian male national who recently travelled to Nigeria where he presented in hospital with symptoms of EVD. The patient travelled by air and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, on 20th July via Lomé, Togo. He was symptomatic while traveling, was admitted to a private hospital immediately on arrival, and died on 25th July.

In a further escalation of the Ebola response, AP reports that Liberia’s president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak.

•Date: 29th July 2014 • Africa •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

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