The latest official statistics from the World Health Organization state the West Africa Ebola outbreak has reached 3,707 cases and 1,848 deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone (WHO). No new updates from the WHO are available regarding the separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since last week.
On Monday, the WHO drew special attention to the situation in Liberia. Liberia currently has the highest reported number of cases and deaths of all affected countries, nearly every county in the country has experienced at least one case, and the WHO has noted that the virus is spreading “exponentially” (WHO).
Liberia has lifted the ineffectual quarantine imposed in Monrovia, but it continues with the 9pm – 6am curfew (NY Times). Sierra Leone recently announced that it will attempt something similar later in the month. Everyone will be told to stay indoors from September 19 – 21, while thousands of health teams visit every house in the country to identify people infected with Ebola (NY Times).
The pieces of potentially good news this week are that although it is uncertain how many people he came into contact with the young man infected with Ebola in Senegal has reportedly recovered (Reuters), and the U.S. House of Representatives will vote Thursday on a continuing resolution that would provide $58 million to the Department of Health and Human Services and $30 million to the Centers for Disease Control to respond to the Ebola outbreak (International Business Times). It is clear that the bad news far outweighs the good despite the fact that still relatively little has been said about how significantly this tragic health emergency is also affecting West Africa’s economies.