Africa

UN Ebola response now planned to continue into 2016

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 photo, Maxon Kobba, right, a nurse who works at the government hospital in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone stands next to colleagues at the facility. Kobba says as many as 20 Ebola patients could die in one night at the facility. An Associated Press investigation has found that the World Health Organization and other responders faced key obstacles in their efforts to stop the spiraling Ebola outbreak in the summer of 2014 in Kenema, a pivotal seeding point for the virus and a microcosm of the messy response across West Africa. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 photo, Maxon Kobba, right, a nurse who works at the government hospital in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone stands next to colleagues at the facility. Kobba says as many as 20 Ebola patients could die in one night at the facility. An Associated Press investigation has found that the World Health Organization and other responders faced key obstacles in their efforts to stop the spiraling Ebola outbreak in the summer of 2014 in Kenema, a pivotal seeding point for the virus and a microcosm of the messy response across West Africa. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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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