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First week of no confirmed ebola cases

For the first time since the outbreak in March 2014 there has been no confirmed cases of ebola virus disease, “marking a transition to a distinct, third phase of the epidemic” the World Health Organization said in a new report.

This is the first time that a complete epidemiological week has elapsed with no confirmed cases since March 2014, and case incidence has remained below 10 confirmed cases per week for 11 consecutive weeks.

However, more than 500 people who have had contact with the disease remain under follow-up in Guinea, and “several high-risk contacts” have been lost track of.

The disease has so far killed more than 11,200 people in the African areas of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

All but essential travel should still be avoided in Liberia and Sierra Leone, while the same occurs for Guinea except for those involved in the direct response to the ebola outbreak, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised.