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Ebola will be eradicated in 2015 - UN official

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Anthony Banbury
Anthony Banbury

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Jan. 5, 2015)-The head of the outgoing UN team fighting Ebola in Liberia says the virus will be eradicated from the country this year (2015).

Anthony Banbury said: “The number of Ebola cases will be brought down to zero by the close of the year. He, however, admitted that the end was “not close.”

The virus has killed nearly 8,000 people in the three hard-hit West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, where the disease started in December 2013.

Mr. Banbury also admitted: “My three- month mission had failed to hit its targets of 100% safe burial and of 70% treatment of infected people.”

He praised international efforts and insisted: “The global response to the Ebola crisis has been extremely successful.”

“The number of people infected by the virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea had passed 20, 000,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said earlier this week.

The WHO also said: “More than a third of the 20, 000 cases in West Africa occurred in Sierra Leone, which has become the worst-hit country in the region.

 


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