19 Jan 2015
A reduction in cases of the Ebola outbreak disease in West Africa has been described as “encouraging” by the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
Twelve of Liberia’s 15 counties have reportedly had no new cases of Ebola within the past seven days.
More than 8500 people have died from the disease in West Africa.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, has more.
” Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone all reported their lowest weekly number of cases in months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Guinea reported its lowest weekly total of new cases since 17th of August 2014. Liberia has had no confirmed cases nationally for the final two days of the week ending the 11th of January 2015. Sierra Leone has recorded its lowest weekly total of new cases since 31st of August 2014.” (0’23”)
UNMEER said this is very good progress but cautions to remain on high alert and continue the high intensity of response efforts.
Meanwhile, WHO has declared Mali free from active Ebola transmission.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.