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World Health Organization officials announced that in spite of their desperate attempts to control the pandemic it is spreading quickly in Africa and most likely to Europe too. Reuter’s reports stated that the officials have decided to stop issuing death toll information so as to avoid unnecessary panic.
Further, it states that the disease has spread to 7 countries in Africa, with WHO health officials, doctors without Borders and many other Christian relief groups working to contain the infection and treat the affected. Those identified with infection or suspected of infection have been quarantined to avoid further spread. However, an unofficial Christian group confirmed that in the past 24 hours infection cases have increased by 15%. Further, Over 48 migrants from the western parts of Africa have illegally reached the shores of Pisa, Italy. All of them have been contained and quarantined, specifically those showing symptoms associated with Ebola virus. Some have been reported to have fever, conjunctivitis and blood around the eye area, which are also symptoms of Ebola virus infection. However, test results are awaited upon to confirm the same. This news appeared on news wires, but was recalled by the government officials stating national security reasons to avoid unnecessary panic.
Apart from the present epidemic, these results show that the endemic area for Ebola virus is greater than previously known, and that as a consequence, West Africa should henceforth be considered an area of risk for Ebola virus. Measures aimed at preventing transmission from wild fauna to humans and quickly identifying such events if there is a recurrence must be put in place in Guinea, as well as in neighbouring countries.
An Ebola outbreak blamed for 135 deaths in West Africa in the past month was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a new strain of the disease, a study in a U.S. medical journal said, raising the spectre of further regional epidemics.
The spread of Ebola from a remote corner of Guinea to the capital and into neighbouring Liberia, the first deadly outbreak reported in West Africa, has caused panic across a region struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.
A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization said.
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The virus is still limited to the two nations, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, despite rumors of it spreading to other countries.
Last week, officials in Guinea expressed optimism. The outbreak of Ebola that had spread into Liberia and beyond appeared to be waning. The number of deaths, which had then numbered 106, had slowed. Travel restrictions had been bolstered. The outbreak, which had sent waves of panic across West Africa, finally seemed under control.
“The number of new cases have fallen rapidly,” Rafi Diallo, a spokesman for Guinea’s health ministry, told Reuters. On the day of the interview, April 15, there were 159 confirmed or suspected cases of the disease. “Once we no longer have any new cases … we can say that this is totally under control.”
It’s eight days later. And the number of those killed by the Ebola killed in Guinea is now 136. Nearly 210 cases have been confirmed. In all, across Liberia and Guinea, 142 people have been killed — and 242 infected — in an outbreak that began months ago in the forested villages of southeast Guinea and shot to the capital city.
The European Union joined international condemnation of Syria’s plan to hold a presidential election on June 3, saying Tuesday the vote would lack credibility while the country remains at war.
EU diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton “deeply regrets the official declaration by the Syrian authorities that presidential elections will be held in Syria on June 3?, her spokesman said in a statement.
Ashton reiterated the EU’s stance that “any elections in Syria should only take place within the framework of the Geneva communique of 2012?, a so-far-fruitless agreement on a transition to democracy as the basis for negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition fighting to overthrow it.
“Elections organised by the regime outside this framework, conducted in the midst of conflict, only in regime-controlled areas and with millions of Syrians displaced from their homes, would ignore the basic principles of democracy, be devoid of credibility, and undermine all efforts to reach a political solution,” the statement said.