WHO: Guinea's weekly Ebola cases most so far in 2015

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported the highest weekly total of Ebola cases in Guinea so far this year, concentrated in a small area, WHO said on Thursday, with 95 new cases last week.

The area is very close to both Guinea's and Sierra Leone's capital cities. The highly mobile nature of the community in the area presents challenges to prevent any further spreading of Ebola virus disease (EVD).

“Limiting the movements of cases and contacts is challenging, but essential to prevent the seeding of new outbreaks,” the report said.

Liberia reported zero new cases for the third consecutive week, and Sierra Leone saw its lowest weekly infection numbers since June 2014, with 55 new cases.

Over the entire outbreak that began in December 2013, there have been 25,000 cases of EVD in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with 10,000 deaths.

The United Nations (U.N.) Mission for Ebola Emergency Response said the World Food Program will support the construction of an additional treatment center in Guinea. The U.N. Development Program also said it would increase its support in medical-waste management for hospitals in Sierra Leone.

EVD symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and spontaneous bleeding or bruising. It is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids.

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