New Cases of Ebola Declining, WHO Says

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Jan. 16, 2014 -- Numbers of new cases of Ebola are declining in the three hardest hit West African nations, according to a World Health Organization report released Wednesday.

However, there are still many hotspots of the disease, a U.N. official said.

As of the week ending Jan. 11, Liberia had it lowest weekly total of new cases since the first week of June, Guinea had its lowest total since mid-August, and Sierra Leone had it lowest total since the end of August, the Associated Press reported.

As of Sunday, there had been 3,538 Ebola deaths in Liberia, 3,062 deaths in Sierra Leone and 1,814 deaths in Guinea, according to the WHO. In total, there have been 21,000 cases and 8,300 deaths.

The decline in new cases "is very good news," and this Ebola outbreak will be stopped, but "there are still numbers of new cases that are alarming, and there are hotspots that are emerging in new places that make me believe there is still quite a lot of the disease that we're not seeing," U.N. Ebola chief Dr. David Nabarro told the AP.

There are "at least 50 micro-outbreaks" of Ebola that still remain in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to Nabarro.

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