New Ebola cases drop to lowest in 7 months: WHO

Friday, January 30, 2015
Ebola virus virion [PHOTO: PHIL/CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith]
Washington: Many new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has fallen to the lowest level since June 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

According to WHO reports, the three countries had a combined total of 99 new cases for the week ending. 

Out of this total of 99 new cases, 65 were reported from Sierra Leone, 30 from Guinea and four from Liberia.

The number of cases continued to fall in Liberia and Sierra Leone, WHO said, but Guinea's figure rose from 20 confirmed cases in the previous week.

The western Guinean district of Forecariah, where the local community has shown high resistance to measures for limiting the spread of the disease, was the worst hit, reporting half of the new cases for the week.

WHO said that the response to the Ebola epidemic has now moved to a second phase, "as the focus shifted from slowing down transmission to ending the epidemic."

There have been more than 22,000 reported confirmed, probable and suspected cases since the Ebola outbreak began, with almost 8,800 known deaths.
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