WHO DG, MSF Head Call For Sustained, Greater Efforts To End Ebola; Sierra Leone Lifts Remaining Quarantine, Reports 2 Confirmed Cases

Agence France-Presse: Ebola could be defeated by year’s end: WHO
“…World Health Organization Director Margaret Chan cautioned there could be setbacks in the coming months but said Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could begin 2016 completely Ebola-free. ‘If the current intensity of case detection and contact tracing is sustained, the virus could be soundly defeated by the end of this year,’ Chan told the United Nations Security Council…” (8/13).

Agence France-Presse: ‘Finish the fight against Ebola,’ MSF head urges
“… ‘The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is far from under control,’ according to Joanne Liu, who heads the aid body known as MSF, after its French name Médecins Sans Frontières. Cases are still reported weekly, new communities are being infected, and bodies are still being buried in secret — a major problem for a disease transmitted though direct contact with body fluids, she wrote in a comment published in the science journal Nature…” (8/5).

Reuters: Sierra Leone lifts last major Ebola quarantine as cases recede
“Sierra Leone lifted its last major Ebola quarantine on Friday as President Ernest Bai Koroma expressed confidence that the country would soon be free of the virus. … Sierra Leone now has just two confirmed Ebola patients, he added…” (Fofana, 8/14).