By Rufiz Hafizoglu
A Turkish citizen, who has returned from the Hajj pilgrimage, has been hospitalized in the Istanbul city with suspicion of having Ebola virus, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on Oct.23.
Thus, the number of people hospitalized with suspected infection with Ebola has reached six. Five of them have returned from the Hajj pilgrimage and one is a Turkish student who is studying in Somali.
Earlier it was reported that 45 special hospitals were allocated in 36 provinces of Turkey in case of detection of people sick with Ebola. Special hospitals are allocated mainly in the provinces with international airports. In particular, three hospitals were allocated in Ankara, and two special hospitals in Istanbul.
According to the latest Ebola Response Situation Report from WHO, a total of 9936 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal).
A total of 4877 deaths have been reported, according to the report.
The outbreaks of EVD in Senegal and Nigeria were declared over on 17 October and 19 October 2014, respectively. EVD transmission remains persistent and widespread in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
All but one administrative district in Liberia and all administrative districts in Sierra Leone have now reported at least one confirmed or probable case of EVD since the outbreak began. Cases of EVD transmission remain lowest in Guinea, but case numbers are still very high in absolute terms.
Transmission remains intense in the capital cities of the three most affected countries. Case numbers continue to be under – reported, especially from the Liberian capital Monrovia.
On 22 October 2014 , WHO convened the third Emergency Committee on Ebola under the International Health Regulations (2005).