UN / EBOLA UPDATE

06-Nov-2014 00:01:35
A UN spokesperson said the latest WHO update on Ebola reported a total of 13,042 cases and 4,818 deaths, adding in "at the country level, the weekly incidence appears to be stable in Guinea. In Sierra Leone the weekly incidence continues to rise, while in Liberia it appears to be declining." UNIFEED-UNTV

 
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STORY: UN / EBOLA UPDATE
TRT: 1:35
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 6 NOVEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

6 NOVEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, UN spokesperson walking to podium
3. Wide shot, presser
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson, United Nations:
“The World Health Organization issued yesterday an update on Ebola cases. It reports a total of 13,042 cases and 4,818 deaths. At the country level, the weekly incidence appears to be stable in Guinea. In Sierra Leone the weekly incidence continues to rise, while in Liberia it appears to be declining.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson, United Nations:
“However, in all three countries, the World Health Organization stresses that Ebola transmission remains persistent and widespread, particularly in the capital cities, and that cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak.”
7. Med shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson, United Nations:
“According to WHO, of the planned 4,707 beds needed in Ebola Treatment Centres, 22% are currently in operation. The establishment of more beds is in part held back by challenges in finding sufficient numbers of foreign medical teams to operate the Centres. Guinea currently has two foreign medical teams operating Ebola Treatment Centres, and is in need of at least five more. Liberia has three foreign medical teams and is in need of 13 more, and Sierra Leone has five teams, with 10 more being deployed.”
9. Med shot, reporter
10. Wide shot, UN spokesperson leaving the press conference room
STORYLINE
A UN spokesperson said the latest (5 Nov) WHO update on Ebola reported a total of 13,042 cases and 4,818 deaths, adding in "at the country level, the weekly incidence appears to be stable in Guinea. In Sierra Leone the weekly incidence continues to rise, while in Liberia it appears to be declining."

Speaking to reporters in New York today (6 Nov), Stephane Dujarric said “however, in all three countries, the World Health Organization stresses that Ebola transmission remains persistent and widespread, particularly in the capital cities, and that cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak.

He noted that it is also critical to remember what Dr. Salama from UNICEF said last week, which was that it is necessary to consider the three countries as one block.

According to WHO, of the planned 4,707 beds needed in Ebola Treatment Centres, 22% are currently in operation. The establishment of more beds is in part held back by challenges in finding sufficient numbers of foreign medical teams to operate the Centres.

Dujarric also said “Guinea currently has two foreign medical teams operating Ebola Treatment Centres, and is in need of at least five more. Liberia has three foreign medical teams and is in need of 13 more, and Sierra Leone has five teams, with 10 more being deployed.”

The UN World Health organization (WHO) also noted that evidence is mounting that earlier messages about Ebola virus disease having no treatment, cure, or vaccines are no longer entirely accurate.

WHO cited a number of candidate vaccines were undergoing clinical trials as well as the first clinical trials of therapeutic – possibly curative – transfusions of whole blood or blood plasma from recovered patients that are scheduled to begin soon in Liberia, in line with WHO technical guidelines.

WHO also said its study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides evidence that supportive care, especially re-hydration and correction of metabolic abnormalities, may contribute to patient survival.

The study analyzed clinical data on 37 confirmed Ebola patients admitted for treatment at hospitals in Conakry, Guinea’s capital and most densely populated city.

The publication also pointed out that one of the strongest determinants of survival appears to be patient age. Patients older than 40 years were nearly 3.5 times more likely to die than those aged less than 40.
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