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Liberian Officials Warn Of Poor Coordination, Complacency In Ebola Response; WHO Finds Cases Rise In Sierra Leone

News outlets report on Ebola efforts in West Africa, where according to Liberian officials, progress has been made but the response has been hampered by poor coordination, and according to the WHO, the number of cases in Sierra Leone continues to rise.

New York Times: Ebola Response in Liberia Is Hampered by Infighting
“The global response to the Ebola virus in Liberia is being hampered by poor coordination and serious disagreements between Liberian officials and the donors and health agencies fighting the epidemic, according to minutes of top-level meetings and interviews with participants…” (McNeil, 11/19).

Reuters: Liberia has upper hand over Ebola but support must continue: president
“Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday that her government has the upper hand in the fight against Ebola, but warned against complacency or any reduction in international support…” (Farge, 11/19).

Reuters: Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises: WHO
“The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,420 deaths out of 15,145 cases in eight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, with transmission of the deadly virus still ‘intense and widespread’ in Sierra Leone…” (Nebehay, 11/19).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola cases no longer rising in Guinea, Liberia, U.N. health agency reports
“The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that the number of Ebola cases is ‘no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still increasing in Sierra Leone,’ and that preparedness teams have been sent this week to Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, and Senegal…” (11/19).

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