DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations says it’s now planning for Ebola response activities to last into 2016, suggesting the battle against the virus won’t be over by year-end after all.
In a report released Wednesday by the World Health Organization and its humanitarian partners, health officials said that there are plans for the Ebola response to continue until midyear 2016.
Those so-called Phase 3 efforts include stopping transmission, indicating cases are still anticipated.
The report comes as both Sierra Leone and Guinea struggle with a resurgence of cases, in large part due to difficulty tracing the contacts of the sick.
More than 11,000 people have died — nearly all of them in West Africa — since Ebola first emerged in the region in late 2013.
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