Lowest new cases of Ebola in West Africa since May: Ebola outbreak 


April 9, Monrovia: World Health Organization (WHO) data shows the lowest weekly cases of Ebola since May 2014 in Africa.

There has no new cases of Ebola in Liberia for five weeks and Guinea saw less than half the cases of the week before.

Liberia and Sierra Leone have started decommissioning some treatment centres, but the WHO has warned that there has been an increase in unsafe burials in Guinea which could lead to more cases.

Out of 30 new cases in the first week of April, 21 were from Guinea and nine were from Sierra Leone, the WHO’s latest situation report said. And there have been no confirmed deaths from Ebola in Liberia since 27 March.

However in Guinea, the WHO reported that 21 unsafe burials in a week so officials are not sure the fall in cases will be sustained. Mourners can catch the virus by touching the highly contagious bodies of the dead.

The head of the UN Ebola mission said last week that he hoped the outbreak in West Africa would be over by August.

Last year alone, more than 10,400 people have died in the Ebola outbreak.

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