WHO: New Ebola cases fall to seven-month low

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The United Nations News Center said on Thursday that the Ebola virus epidemic produced 99 new cases during the last week in January, the lowest total in seven months.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that with the decrease in new cases, the battle has shifted from prevention efforts to bringing infections to an end in West Africa.

“To achieve this goal as quickly as possible, efforts have moved from rapidly building infrastructure to ensuring that capacity for case finding, case management, safe burials and community engagement is used as effectively as possible,” WHO representatives said.

In the latest WHO report, a total of 22,000 cases have been reported during the current outbreak, with over 8,800 deaths from the disease. For the week of Jan. 25, 99 new cases were reported: 30 in Guinea, 65 in Sierra Leone and four in Liberia.

“Case incidence continues to fall in Liberia and Sierra Leone,” the report said.

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