Liberia to lift quar­an­tine as Ebola cases de­cline

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MON­ROVIA: Liberia has an­nounced a dra­matic drop in new Ebola in­fec­tions as Mali pre­pared to lift quar­an­tine re­stric­tions on dozens of peo­ple who were at risk of ex­po­sure to the deadly virus.

Liberian As­sis­tant Health Min­is­ter Tol­bert Nyenswah said new cases had dropped from a daily peak of more than 500 to about 50, con­firm­ing ten­ta­tive an­nounce­ments by ex­perts world­wide of an ap­par­ent slow­down in the epi­demic.

“It’s not the num­ber of Ebola cases we were re­port­ing two months ago… The num­bers of cases are re­duc­ing,” he said late on Mon­day, adding how­ever that there were still new cases emerg­ing across the coun­try.

The largest Ebola out­break on record has killed about 5 000 peo­ple, with Liberia hit hard­est and the con­ta­gion still rag­ing in neigh­bour­ing Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion said on Mon­day that it had re­leased from iso­la­tion 25 of more than 100 peo­ple thought to have come into con­tact with Mali’s sole case.

The vic­tim, a 2-year-old girl from Guinea, was di­ag­nosed with Ebola after jour­ney­ing to the western town of Kayes.

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