West Africa Ebola outbreak could end this year

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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Ebola in West Africa could be ‘soundly defeated’ by the end of this year.

Dr. Margaret Chan told the United Nations Security Council that current surveillance and response capacities have greatly improved and health workers have a better picture of how the disease spreads.

She said the three most affected West African countries have made huge progress. New cases in Liberia have stopped, and in Guinea and Sierra Leone a total of only three cases have been reported within a couple of weeks.

‘If the current intensity of case detection and contact tracing is sustained, the virus can be soundly defeated by the end of this year. That means getting to zero and staying at zero,’ she said.

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