It is regrettable that some families with the help of transport providers are dressing up cadavers and seating them upright between other passengers in a taxi as though the person is still living when in fact it's sometimes the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
– Claude Onivogui Guinea police captain
Guinea families spread Ebola by transporting disguised bodies past inspection points to places where they want to bury loved ones, AP reported May 22. WHO deployed a team May 20 due to a spike in infections. At least 27 new cases were reported.
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About 270 people were quarantined, with up to 35 new cases of Ebola reported in the week to May 17, authorities said May 18-19. The World Health Organization set up a $100 million contingency fund on May 18 to stop the outbreak from spreading from infected areas of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
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After going 42 days without a new case, Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 9. "The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over," WHO said in a statement. However, concerns remain due to outbreaks that persist in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone. WHO says there is a "high risk" that infected people may enter Liberia.
The UN said May 5 that 18 new cases were recorded the previous week, evenly divided between Guinea and Sierra Leone. No new cases were recorded in Liberia. Out of more than 26,000 cases since the outbreak began in 2014, 10,980 people have died.
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We are seeing a lot of people with vision problems. Some complain of clouded vision, but for others the visual loss is progressive. I have seen two people who are now blind.
– Margaret Nanyonga World Health Organization
Authorities have yet to determine if blindness and other problems including headaches, hearing loss, heart pain, extreme fatigue and muscle and joint pain, result from the virus, treatment, or heavy disinfection, Nanyonga said. The symptoms have been known for several months.
West Africa battles mystery of 'post-Ebola syndrome'
We now have a time-limited window of opportunity to eliminate the virus, by April or May the rains will set in West Africa, limiting our access and our ability to find cases and trace their contacts.
– Dr. Peter Salama UNICEF global Ebola emergency coordinator
Health officials warned in late January that cases continue to be underreported, with flare-ups in communities that are resistant to response measures. The Red Cross, which has deployed 6,000 volunteers in West Africa, said access and community cooperation remains a challenge.
Ebola has orphaned more than 12,000 children in Sierra Leone, according to the Ebola Orphan Report released March 4 by the British charity Street Child. The charity conducted a survey in all 14 districts of Sierra Leone between Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. The average age of orphans is nine years old.
A study released in Dec. 2014 said that researchers who visited the village of the deceased "Patient Zero" found evidence that insect-eating bats that lived in a tree in the village may have been the transmission point of the outbreak into the human population.
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Epidemiologists working at a Beijing research laboratory identified the strain of Ebola in the 2014 outbreak as having evolved but not rapidly mutated, challenging the assumption the virus changed at a faster rate than previous epidemics. Their study, which analyzed genetic sequence data from 175 patients, was published May 13 in Nature.
Ebola, for which there is no vaccine, kills between 25% and 90% of people who contract it, depending on the strain. It is transmitted via unprotected contact with the bodily fluids of symptomatic people or corpses. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. Eight outbreaks have occurred since the virus was discovered in 1976.
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