Ebola Cases on Rise for First Time This Year: WHO

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The number of new cases of Ebola went up in all three of West Africa’s worst-hit countries in the last week of January, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

It is the first weekly increase in 2015, ending a series of encouraging declines. The WHO says Sierra Leone registered 80 of the 124 new cases, Guinea 39 and Liberia the remaining five.

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Almost 9,000 people have died from Ebola since December 2013.

Dr David Nabarro, the United Nations special envoy on Ebola, said the small rise in Ebola cases was a concern but they knew there would be flare-ups. “We’re on a good path, this is coming down, but we really have to be vigilant because there are still pockets of infection,” he said.

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