No Ebola cases in SA - health department

Johannesburg - There are no Ebola cases reported or confirmed in South Africa, the health department said on Friday.

The total number of cases in the current outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone has risen to 3 069 probable and confirmed cases, while there have been 1 552 deaths.

"The outbreak continues to accelerate. More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days," health department spokesperson Popo Maja said.


"However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities. The overall death rate is 52%. It ranges from 42% in Sierra Leone to 66% in Guinea."

A separate Ebola outbreak, not related to the one in west Africa, was laboratory confirmed on Tuesday by the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It was also detailed in a separate edition of the Disease Outbreak News of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"A detailed analysis by [the] WHO of exactly where transmission is occurring - by district level - and of time trends is ongoing," Maja said.

"Preliminary results show that cases are still concentrated - 62% of all reported cases since the beginning of the outbreak - in the epicentre of the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where cases continue to rise."

Capital cities were of particular concern, owing to their population density and repercussions for travel and trade.

Monitoring situation

The WHO and its partner organisations were on the ground establishing Ebola treatment centres, and strengthening capacity for laboratory testing, contact tracing, social mobilisation, safe burials, and non-Ebola health care.

"The WHO continues to monitor for reports of rumoured or suspected cases from countries around the world and systematic verification of these cases is ongoing," Maja said.

"Countries are encouraged to continue engaging in active surveillance and preparedness activities."

The health department continued to monitor the situation and would keep South African citizens informed, he said.

Sly Rams 2014/08/29 02:57:12 PM
It is only a matter of time.
CraigJoseph 2014/08/29 03:01:31 PM
I hope it doesn't hit SA, Nkandla on the other hand...
BarakYeshua ForPeace 2014/08/29 03:02:52 PM
Just a matter of time. If the South African government was smart (and that is asking a lot), they would ban all flights to West Africa, and anybody on any interconnecting flight from West Africa, and everybody, who was in contact with anybody on an interconnecting flight from West Africa has to have a medical check and strict quarantine before being allowed into the country. Also step up border patrols for illegal immigrants - this time make sure no-one gets in.
Phil Galpin 2014/08/29 03:12:14 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't 'Squirrel' up that way recently? But then the idea that he might come into contact with any 'poor people' is a bit of a push.
Sean Lock 2014/08/29 03:29:23 PM
I truly hope not. Problem is we can't believe anything this government says anymore !!!!!
Emmanuel Morgan 2014/08/29 03:38:38 PM
Thank Be To God And Praises Be His Name Forever
David Jones 2014/08/29 03:42:17 PM
Aaron.Motsoaledi has been doing a sterling job over the years. Very suitable honest candidate for presidency when JZ finishes his term. Pity he could be ignored because of his efficiency and drama-free occupational functioning. Unlike our charmer boy Cyril with his 'appealing' boardroom talk
Maya Durand 2014/08/29 04:02:07 PM
DHL did not suspend to and from. They say its safe to courier.