Guinea's health ministry has reported six more cases in the country's Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, lifting the total to 224, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update yesterday.
So far, of 202 patients tested, 121 have been lab confirmed, the agency said. Two more deaths have been reported, pushing that number to 143, an increase of 2 since the WHO's previous update on Apr 25.
The new cases are from only two of the outbreak's six locations: Conakry, Guinea's capital, and Guekedou. The WHO said last week that the outbreak situation appears to be improving, but it said today that it's likely that Guinea officials will report more new cases in the weeks ahead. Apr 28 WHO
In related developments, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today shared more details about a software tool it developed that health officials in Guinea are using to respond to the outbreak.
In an Apr 9 statement, the WHO said responders were updating Epi Info, an outbreak information management system, with data from the field and that it would be used as the main portal for all partners.
The CDC said in a press release that the viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) application is designed to speed up contact tracing, one of the most challenging steps in investigating an outbreak. The Epi Info VHF tool also helps collect and manage epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory information for each case. The system is designed to easily work in locations where Internet network connections are limited.
The CDC began developing the software in 2012 following Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Apr 29 CDC