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Liberia, Guinea register no increase new cases – WHO

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Latest update from the World Health Organization Thursday, 13 November says at a national level, Guinea and Liberia did not register increase in any new case detection unlike Sierra Leone, which has noted an uptick.

The WHO Ebola Response Roadmap, however says intense transmission continues across the three stories. The update detailed that total confirmed, probable and suspected cases in the three most affected countries have hit at least 14,098 while deaths continue to be under-reported.

Since November 9, 2014 there has been a total of 14, 098 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease reported in six affected countries, including Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States of America, and two previously affected countries Nigeria and Senegal.

Transmission is consistently high in Conakry and Macenta in Guinea; Montserrado in Liberia; and in the western and northern areas of Sierra Leone. According to the WHO, declines in incidence continue in Lofa, Liberia; and Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone. Cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak.

Meanwhile, Mali has reported three new Ebola cases unrelated to the first case in the country, while in the United States; a healthcare worker in New York has been treated and discharged. WHO says at least 564 healthcare workers have been infected by Ebola in all the affected countries, of which over 320 have died.

At the same time, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 31 days have passed since the last case tested negative. The country will be declared Ebola free once 42 days are over. In Mali, there have been 4 reported confirmed and probable cases, and 4 deaths. The most recent cases are not related to the first EVD-positive patient in Mali, who died on 24 October.

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