04 March 2015

The announcement by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that children will be returning to school, and that borders with neighbouring countries will reopen, comes as a huge relief to everyone around the world alarmed about the Ebola outbreak... At one stage last year, some thought that it would take much longer – even up to the end of 2015 – for the epidemic to start slowing down... However, aid workers warn that one new case means there is still an outbreak and that emergency measures need to stay in place... ‘It’s the 101 of managing outbreaks,’ says Jens Pedersen, Humanitarian Policy Advisor at MSF in Johannesburg... ‘We must be very cautious of talking about zero infections in the next two weeks,’ Pedersen told ISS.

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