Ebola in West Africa — a look at recent data

Confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa in July and August 2014. Red: confirmed accumulated infections, blue: confirmed accumulated deaths.
Confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa in July and August 2014. Red: confirmed accumulated infections, blue: confirmed accumulated deaths. The vertical count axis is scaled logarithmically. Figure by hoffmann based on data published by the World Health Organization, Creative Commons License.

The World Health Organisation releases so-called Disease Outbreak News (DONs) for a number of infections, including Ebola Virus Disease. The Ebola DONs referring to the current outbreak in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) show a sustained, approximately exponential increase in the number of confirmed Ebola infections and deaths in (see Figure) during July and August 2014. There are no clear signs of a subsiding of the outbreak. In the past two months, the number of confirmed cases has roughly doubled each month. The death rate is stable at about 50%. Bad.

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