Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

WHO continues to monitor the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend shows a mixed picture, as follows:

Liberia reported 16 new EVD cases and Sierra Leone, 34 new cases – since 3 July. These numbers indicate that active viral transmission continues in the community.

There has been a reduction in the number of new EVD cases reported in Guinea, with no new cases during the last 7 days.

WHO continues to encourage and support outbreak containment measures in the three countries.

Newcastle Disease in Sweden

A new outbreak of Newcastle disease has been confirmed in Swedish poultry, in the same area as the previous one.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 4 July to the World Organisation for Animal Helath (OIE).

The report outlines a new outbreak of Newcastle disease, which started on 3 July at Motala in the county of Östergötlands in the south-east of the country.

The affected birds were housed 38-week-old laying hens in a flock of 16,300. There was a history of egg drop but no birds are reported to have shown signs of the disease. The flock has been destroyed.

African swine fever outbreak in Latvia

Latvia became the third EU state to report instances of African swine fever (ASF) after 13 wild boar and four farmed pigs tested positive for the disease.

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