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Statement from MSF Director of Operations Brice de le Vingne.

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[Updated August 27, 2014]  It is with great sorrow that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirms that three of our colleagues, a Guinean outreach worker, a Liberian nurse, and a Sierra Leonean nurse, have passed away.  

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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 Ebola outbreak currently sweeping through West Africa is reaching an unprecedented scale in terms of its geographical spread, the number of cases, and the number of victims. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 848 cases of Ebola and 518 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia since the beginning of the outbreak.

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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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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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