Plan to stymie Ebola virus spread before wet season

Cases have fallen sharply in the worst-affected nations – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – but considerable effort was still required to stop chains of transmission and prevent spread into neighbouring countries, WHO said.

About 26,300 people have so far been infected with the virus, and nearly 10,900 have died.

In a 28-page strategic document, WHO said in recent months only a few dozen new cases have been registered each week, compared to more than 800 cases per week last year. But it was crucial to halt Ebola ahead of the imminent rainy season, the organisation said.