Challenges Remain In Reaching Zero Ebola Cases; International Community Must Not Be Complacent
The Lancet: Ebola in West Africa: getting to zero
“…In view of the evolving epidemic, the U.N. containment strategy is shifting its focus. Last year, the sheer scale of new infections meant a clinical approach was needed to treat all those identified with Ebola. Now, the response is changing to a locally driven, public health approach — case identification, contact tracing, diagnosis, and treatment in the affected prefectures. To get to zero new infections, however, means identifying every case and every contact. Even with new infections waning, ending the outbreak will not be an easy task, and complacency by the international community and donors would be a mistake. Ebola is not yet under control” (2/11).