27 November 2015 -- A cluster of three confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia underscore the importance of robust surveillance measures to ensure the rapid detection of any reintroduction or re-emergence of EVD in currently unaffected areas. The first-reported case was a 15-year-old boy who tested positive for EVD on 19 November. Two other members of the family – the boy’s 8-year old brother and his 40-year-old father – subsequently tested positive.
23 November 2015 -- More than 1 year has passed since the Ebola epidemic hit West Africa. Strong leadership, responsiveness to cultures and innovation have turned the tide in the fight against Ebola. The "Ebola: Then and Now" series features people who have been involved for the last year and their reflections on the changes and progress that has been made.
23 November 2015 -- On 19 November 2015, Liberia identified a new "flare-up" of Ebola after stopping transmission in September. There are currently three confirmed cases from the same family being treated in an Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia and 150 contacts being monitored. Bruce Aylward, Special Representative of the Director-General for the Ebola Response, gave a full briefing on the current state of the Ebola outbreak on 20 November.
An integrated global alert and response system for epidemics and other public health emergencies based on strong national public health systems and capacity and an effective international system for coordinated response.
- Support Member States for the implementation of national capacities for epidemic preparedness and response in the context of the IHR(2005), including laboratory capacities and early warning alert and response systems;
- Support national and international training programmes for epidemic preparedness and response;
- Coordinate and support Member States for pandemic and seasonal influenza preparedness and response;
- Develop standardized approaches for readiness and response to major epidemic-prone diseases (e.g. meningitis, yellow fever, plague);
- Strengthen biosafety, biosecurity and readiness for outbreaks of dangerous and emerging pathogens outbreaks (e.g. SARS, viral haemorrhagic fevers); Maintain and further develop a global operational platform to support outbreak response and support regional offices in implementation at regional level.