Ebola 30 people still get infected with disease everyday - UN

The United Nations special envoy for Ebola said under normal circumstances, an infection rate of 30 people a week would be considered "a major, major outbreak".

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The United Nations special envoy for Ebola, David Nabarro has said around 30 people are still getting infected with the disease each week, adding that the epidemic has not run its course.

Speaking in press briefing in Cape Town, Nabarro acknowledged that "the battle can be won, but it requires sustained effort, very careful negotiation with communities and perfection in follow-up of everybody who has been a contact,”

He said under normal circumstances, an infection rate of 30 people a week would be considered "a major, major outbreak".

Addressing the press conference, he said "probably about one third of these people are not coming from the contact list, which means they are surprise cases, and that’s a big worry,"

While infection rates are down from the peak of the crisis, Liberia reported a return of the disease after a 17-year old boy tested positive for the virus about 2 months after the country was declared free of Ebola.

Olawale Maiyegun, social affairs director at the African Union Commission, said it seemed communities were forgetting a key "ABC" or "avoid body contact" rule and becoming complacent.

Meanwhile, last week donor countries pledged another $3.4 billion in addition to $1.8 billion of unspent money in an effort to eradicate the disease.

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