Healthcare officials in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have warned that new cases of Ebola are continuing to emerge, more than a year after the major outbreak was first declared.
Despite a decline in cases in recent months, there has been a sudden rise in new infections in the capital Freetown.
- There were 30 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 12 July: 13 in Guinea, 3 in Liberia, and 14 in Sierra Leone. Although the total number of confirmed cases is the same as the previous week, there has been a shift in the foci of transmission.
- There were 30 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 5 July: 18 in Guinea, 3 in Liberia, and 9 in Sierra Leone. Although this is the highest weekly total since mid-May, improvements to case investigation and contact tracing, together with enhanced incentives.
- There were 20 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 28 June, the same as the previous week. Weekly case incidence has been between 20 and 27 cases for 5 consecutive weeks. In Guinea, 12 cases were reported from 3 prefectures: Boke, Conakry, and Forecariah.
Almost 4,000 people have died from Ebola in Sierra Leone since the epidemic broke out in December 2013, making it one of the worst hit countries worst along with Guinea and Liberia.
Researchers are investigating whether male survivors of Ebola could still transmit the disease through sexual contact.
The World Health Organization says it is a strong possibility but it has not been scientifically proven.
Experts warn that fear, fatigue and denial are allowing the virus to spread.