WHO says spread of Ebola could be slowing in Liberia

WHO says spread of Ebola could be slowing in Liberia

The World Health Organisation says the spreading of the Ebola virus in Liberia may have slowed.

The UN body says there has been a drop in the number of burials in Liberia and no increases in laboratory-confirmed cases.

“All the data point in the same direction,” WHO Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said.

“Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the virus? Yes, we are seeing slowing rate of new cases, very definitely.”

The WHO says the apparent improvement in Liberia might be partly attributable to an aggressive effort to establish safe burial practices for victims, who are most contagious at death.

It has also credited the Liberian government with educating people about the risks of the disease.

Mr Aylward said there had been 13,703 Ebola cases in eight countries and the reported death toll, to be published later on today, was likely to be over 5,000.

A jump of more than 3,000 in the number of cases reported since Saturday was largely due to the data being updated with old cases rather than new cases, he added.

 

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