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WHO may declare Nigeria and Senegal Ebola-free within days
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:01:00 PM »
WHO may declare Nigeria and Senegal Ebola-free within days

http://news.yahoo.com/may-declare-nigeria-senegal-ebola-free-within-days-175007927.html

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Nigeria and Senegal could be declared Ebola-free within days after completing a 42-day period with no new cases, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

 "If the active surveillance for new cases that is currently in place continues, and no new cases are detected, WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal on Friday 17 October," the WHO said in a statement.

For Nigeria, the date is next Monday, Oct 20.

Senegal had one patient who was confirmed to have Ebola but he recovered and appears not to have infected anyone else.

In Nigeria, one traveler from Liberia triggered an outbreak in which eight people died, most of them health workers, before it could be contained.

That's the good news. The not so good news is that,

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But in the three worst affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, "new cases continue to explode in areas that looked like they were coming under control," WHO said.

"An unusual characteristic of this epidemic is a persistent cyclical pattern of gradual dips in the number of new cases, followed by sudden flare-ups."