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UPDATE 2-Weekly Ebola cases next 100, WHO says endgame begins

UPDATE 2-Weekly Ebola cases next 100, WHO says endgame begins


* Lowest series of cases given June, WHO says

* “Too early to announce success”, UNICEF warns

* 10,000 children orphaned, 5 million skip out on education

(adds comments from UNICEF briefing, new paras 8-11, bylines)

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The series of new reliable Ebola
cases totalled 99 in a week to Jan. 25, a lowest total since
June 2014, a World Health Organization pronounced on Thursday,
signalling a waves competence have incited opposite a epidemic.

“The response to a EVD (Ebola micro-organism disease) widespread has
now changed to a second phase, as a concentration shifts from slowing
transmission to finale a epidemic,” a WHO said.

“To grasp this idea as fast as possible, efforts have
moved from fast building infrastructure to ensuring that
capacity for box finding, box management, protected burials, and
community rendezvous is used as effectively as possible.”

The conflict has killed 8,810 people out of 22,092 known
cases, roughly all of them in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Cases and deaths have depressed fast in Liberia and Sierra
Leone in a past few weeks, with only 20 deaths available in
Liberia in a 21 days to Jan. 25.

But Guinea reported 30 reliable cases in a latest week,
up from 20 in a prior week. The widespread is also still
spreading geographically there, with a initial reliable box in
Guinea’s Mali prefecture adjacent Senegal, that reopened its
border with Guinea on Monday.

A resurgence of a micro-organism in Guinea, where a outbreak
began, would bluster President Alpha Conde’s idea of
eradicating Ebola from a nation by early March.

“It is too early to announce a success or a deadline for
success,” Dr. Peter Salama, tellurian Ebola puncture coordinator
for a U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told a news briefing.

“Our work is distant from over. During a march of this
outbreak, we have regularly under-estimated this pathogen. We
now have a time-limited window of event to discharge the
virus, by Apr or May a rains will set in in West Africa,
limiting a entrance and a ability to find cases and trace
their contacts,” he said.

Some 10,000 children have mislaid one or both relatives to the
Ebola virus, while 5 million children have been deprived of
education, Salama said.

“Guinea reopened a schools final week, Liberia will do so
next week and Sierra Leone won’t be distant behind. It is a really
important pointer of some emergence of a lapse to normalcy for
these societies,” he said.

Disease experts contend that tracking down everybody who has had
close hit with an Ebola studious is essential to finale the
outbreak. But in dozens of remote villages in Guinea, angry
residents are restraint entrance for health workers.

The many heated delivery in Guinea is in Forecariah
district, amid reports of “high levels of village resistance
to response measures” in a area that is tighten to a border
with western Sierra Leone — a misfortune Ebola hotspot.

(Reporting by Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Robin
Pomeroy and Crispian Balmer)

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