Newscast Media MOSCOW—Over 300 doctors have been infected by the Ebola virus,
with 144 losing their lives to the Ebola virus disease, Russia’s public human well-being
agency Rospotrebnadzor informed on its website on Tuesday.
“Cases of infection of medical staff are registered as well – 301 doctors have been
infected, 144 of the cases were fatal,” Rospotrebnadzor wrote in a statement.
According to the agency, Liberia, and especially its capital, Monrovia, has been
hardest hit by the Ebola virus outbreak.
In a separate outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 66 cases of Ebola
infection have been registered, 37 of which had a fatal outcome. These cases are
not connected with the larger outbreak in West Africa, Rospotrebnadzor wrote.
A team of Russian epidemiologists, virologists and bacteriologists is still stationed in
Guinea, the agency stated.
“A Rospotrebnadzor anti-epidemic team continues its work in the capital of Guinea,
where it conducts laboratory diagnoses and participates in anti-epidemic measures
alongside the Guinean Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene.”
The Ebola death toll in West Africa has risen to more than 2,400 since the epidemic
started in March, according to the latest WHO estimates.
Cases have been registered in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, body fluids or
tissue of infected animals or people. There is no officially approved medication for the
disease, and experts claim prevention is the only cure. Several countries, including
Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan are currently
working on vaccines.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media NEW YORK—The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of the
“most challenging” ones ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago,
says the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before,” Keiji
Fukuda, the WHO assistant director general, said on Tuesday, adding, “This
is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced.”
According to the WHO’s latest figures, there have been 157 suspected cases in
Guinea, 101 of them fatal.
“It’s absolutely critical to get out as much accurate information as possible to
communities and the countries affected, to reduce the rumors, so that people have
facts to work with,” Fukuda said.
“Ebola is clearly a severe disease. It’s an infection with a high fatality rate. But it’s
also an infection that can be controlled,” he noted.
The WHO did not announce any travel restrictions for Guinea, however, other
countries in the region are bracing for the epidemic, with Senegal closing its border
with the neighboring country.
“We have everything in place to take measures against Ebola. We have a well-oiled
system, which we are perfecting daily,” Senegalese Health Minister Eva Marie Coll
Seck said after visiting the port and airport in the capital Dakar.
Stephane Hugonnet, a WHO medical officer who returned from Guinea last weekend,
said, “There is a risk that other countries might be affected, therefore we absolutely
need to remain vigilant.”
There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting
The virus spreads through direct contact with blood, feces and sweat. It can also be
spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
Discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, Ebola remains one of the
world’s most virulent diseases that kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall
The French Embassy in Liberia has released a travel advisory warning French citizens
against travel to the affected parts of Guinea or areas on the Liberian- Guinean
Source: Press TV