Evidence for a Decrease in Transmission of Ebola Virus - Lofa County, Liberia, June 8-November 1, 2014.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Nov 21;63(46):1067-1071
Authors: Sharma A, Heijenberg N, Peter C, Bolongei J, Reeder B, Alpha T, Sterk E, Robert H, Kurth A, Cannas A, Bocquin A, Strecker T, Logue C, Caro AD, Pottage T, Yue C, Stoecker K, Wölfel R, Gabriel M, Günther S, Damon I
Lofa County has one of the highest cumulative incidences of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in Liberia. Recent situation reports from the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) have indicated a decrease in new cases of Ebola in Lofa County. In October 2014, the Liberian MoHSW requested the assistance of CDC to further characterize recent trends in Ebola in Lofa County. Data collected during June 8-November 1, 2014 from three sources were analyzed: 1) aggregate data for newly reported cases, 2) case-based data for persons admitted to the dedicated Ebola treatment unit (ETU) for the county, and 3) test results for community decedents evaluated for Ebola. Trends from all three sources suggest that transmission of Ebola virus decreased as early as August 17, 2014, following rapid scale-up of response activities in Lofa County after a resurgence of Ebola in early June 2014. The comprehensive response strategy developed with participation from the local population in Lofa County might serve as a model to implement in other affected areas to accelerate control of Ebola.
PMID: 25412065 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]