Rise in new cases shows Ebola has not released its deadly grip

By Abby Phillip (Washington Post)

Medecins Sans Frontieres said the Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago. (Reuters)

Liberia has long since celebrated a momentous milestone, being declared Ebola-free, with no new cases in months. But for the second week in a row, the number of new cases is up in both Sierra Leone and Guinea.

There was a time in May when the number of new cases in those two countries was tantalizingly close to zero. Then, suddenly, came an alarming spike in the two countries, which were ravaged by the virus during the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

Now, week after week, up to a few dozen new people are appearing on the World Health Organization’s weekly report on the situation in West Africa. And public health officials are racing to find out what’s driving these pockets of Ebola transmission.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.