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Ebola spread due to 'relaxation' of efforts: WHO specialist

Published on Jun 21, 2014 7:06 PM
 

GENEVA (AFP) - The recent rapid spread of Ebola in three countries in West Africa has come in part because efforts to contain the deadly virus have been relaxed, Mr Pierre Formenty, a World Health Organisation specialist, told AFP on Saturday.

Question: We have around 530 cases of hemorrhagic fever, mostly from the Ebola virus, in the region, compared with 225 at the end of April. How do you explain this leap?

Answer: We have had since March 21, when the epidemic was declared in Guinea, a first wave that has started to diminish. Since the start of May we have had a sort of resurgence with an increase in the number of cases and notably also with an epidemic which has spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. We are seeing a second wave of cases for West Africa.

Q: How do you explain this new peak?

 
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