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March 20, 2015

A selection of MSF-authored medical articles on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

March 20, 2015

On March 20, a patient tested positive for Ebola in Monrovia, which was the first confirmed case in Liberia in more than two weeks.  A total of 150 new confirmed cases were reported across Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week ending March 15. The virus has now infected more than 24,700 people across the region since the outbreak was declared a year ago.

March 18, 2015

Thousands of people fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria have recently crossed the border into neighboring Chad.

March 18, 2015

Over the past six weeks cholera has swept across Mozambique, killing 46 people and affecting over 5,000, according to official statistics. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the main medical actor supporting health authorities in Mozambique, assisting with cholera case management; health staff, including rapid response teams for surges in new cases; community education; and water and sanitation activities in affected areas.

March 02, 2015

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues, albeit with decreasing intensity. The virus has infected more than 23,700 people across the region since the outbreak was declared 11 months ago. While the number of new patients in Liberia is declining, numbers are still fluctuating in both Guinea and Sierra Leone. A total of 99 new confirmed cases was reported across the three worst-affected countries during the week up to February 22, 2015.

February 25, 2015

The volatile security situation in Bambari, in the Ouaka province of Central African Republic (CAR), is disrupting life for the town’s residents and impeding aid agencies’ efforts to respond to urgent health needs. While the barricades set up in recent days have been dismantled, the atmosphere in the area remains tense, and residents of Bambari live in fear. Violence and the armed robbery of civilians by undisciplined groups are still a daily occurrence.

February 25, 2015

This week, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began a campaign to vaccinate at least 18,000 children under 15 years old against measles and polio in and around the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp near Batangafo in northern CAR.

February 24, 2015

Initial results of a clinical trial of the experimental drug favipiravir suggest that it can reduce mortality among patients with low levels of the Ebola virus in their blood, but is ineffective for patients with high viral loads who are very sick with the disease.

February 17, 2015

Since the end of November 2014, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been responding to a spike in measles cases in the Yida refugee camp, in South Sudan’s Unity State. The virus is primarily affecting children, many of whom recently arrived in Yida after fleeing with their families from Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region, where bombardments and fighting between rebels and Sudanese government forces have recently intensified.

February 13, 2015

While there are now many Ebola medical facilities up and running across West Africa, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) is adapting its response with mobile and reactive teams to address new chains of contamination.

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