Keep foot on accelerator to fight Ebola

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David Nabarro. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The international community needs to remain focused until every single case of Ebola is identified and dealt with, according to the UN Coordinator for Ebola.

David Nabarro shared his latest update on the global Ebola response at UN Headquarters on Friday.

Close to 5000 people have died from the virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Mr Nabarro said there has been a world-wide mobilization to support the people of West Africa, with more treatment units being constructed and the practice of safer burials.

While there are suggestions that the transmission rate of Ebola is slowing in some regions, he said it is by no means time to take the foot off the accelerator.

Even a few cases can reignite the outbreak and so my instructions to everybody, and these are instructions, is stay vigilant. Keep up the focus. Maintain the drive. That's the only way the outbreak comes under control.

The Coordinator for Ebola added that he is concerned by the recent travel restrictions put in place for those returning from Ebola-affected areas.

He said there is no scientific basis for quarantine for returning health care workers who show no symptoms of the disease.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’18″

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