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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) admitted nine patients today into its newly constructed ELWA 3 Ebola Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, beginning a process of scaling up operations at the 120-bed facility.

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Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration that the largest-recorded Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic is an “international health emergency,” the global effort to stem the outbreak is dangerously inadequate.

The number of deaths and cases is continuing to increase dramatically in Liberia and Sierra Leone, precipitating a public health crisis in the two West African countries.  Meanwhile, the outbreak is continuing to affect people in Guinea, where it originated in March, with new suspected cases continuing to be admitted to medical facilities.

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As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread, MSF is stepping up its response in the most affected areas.

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The cholera outbreak which began in January 2014 in northeastern Nigeria's Bauchi state is now over. More than 15,500 cases were reported and about 14,000 of those were treated by MSF teams.

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Though the number of patients appeared to be declining, new cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone. MSF continues to support health authorities in both countries.

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With seasonal malaria chemoprevention, MSF teams are employing a powerful new tool in the fight against one of the world's most deadly diseases.

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MSF is deploying more than 60 international staff and 270 Guinean and Liberian staff to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has so far claimed 135 lives.

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