No new Ebola cases reported in most of Liberia counties over past week – UN

The Island clinic Ebola treatment unit in Liberia. Photo: WHO/R. Sørensen

19 January 2015 – The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) today welcomed encouraging statistics recently released by Liberia’s Minister of health and Social Welfare that reported that 12 of the country’s 15 counties have had no new cases within the past seven days.

The three regions that are still reporting new cases in Liberia include Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Montserrado, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York this afternoon.

Farhan Haq also said that according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone all reported their lowest weekly total of new cases in months.

Guinea reported its lowest weekly total of new cases since 17 of August 2014. Liberia has had no confirmed cases nationally for the final two days of the week ending the 11th of January 2015. And Sierra Leone has recorded its lowest total of new cases since 31 August 2014.

The spokesperson also said that UNMEER was welcoming these new developments as ‘very good’ progress but was also cautioning all involved in the fight against the virus to remain on high alert and continue the high intensity of response efforts.

Additionally, over the weekend, WHO, UNMEER and the Malian Government declared Mali free from active Ebola transmission.

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