Getting Ebola transmission down to zero "extremely difficult"

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Anthony Banbury (left), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), speaks with a representative Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) during his visit to Guinea. UN Photo/Ari Gaitanis

Progress has been made in controlling the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, but vigilance is still needed as the West African country continues to deal with the health crisis caused by the disease.

That's according to Anthony Banbury, the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

Approximately 5,000 people have died of Ebola and more than 10,000 others have been infected with the virus in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Speaking in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on Tuesday, Mr Banbury said "some significant improvements" have been made including decreasing transmission rates and fewer deaths.

But he urged caution.

"We just need to now stay vigilant, not for a moment let our guard down. We can't for, even a second think everything is O.K. or that we are out of the crisis. We are most certainly not out of the crisis. There are still people getting Ebola in this country. There are still people dying from it. It's covering a broad geographic area and, as the medical professionals will tell you, it's going to be extremely difficult to get it down to zero." (26")

Mr. Banbury said he would be returning to New York to brief the General Assembly and the Security Council on Monday next week.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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