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CHAIR: Andrea BERTKE, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases & Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA
Ian NORTON, Head, Foreign Medical Team Unit, World Health Organization WHO, Geneva, Switzerland Presentation Title: "Ebola response- perspectives from the field"
Maria VAN KERKHOVE, Head, Outbreak Investigation Task Force, Center for Global Health, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France Presentation Title: Analysis of Ebola field data - informing public health policy
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and Mali and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases were contained, with no further spread in these countries.
The WHO reported on October 14, 2014 that the number of new Ebola cases could reach 10,000 per week by December 2014. As of August 4, 2015, more than 11.296 deaths and 27.898 cases had been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, according to the WHO.
While numbers of Ebola cases have dropped, the affected countries still need the support of the international community to get to zero cases, stay there, and to move forward on the road to recovery.
This session will discuss the recent advances, strategies and challenges of all Ebola aspects.