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WHO: Ebola cases increased in January

Published:Thursday | February 5, 2015 | 9:48 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of new cases of Ebola went up in all three of West Africa's worst-hit countries in the last week of January.



It is the first weekly increase in 2015, ending a series of encouraging declines.



The WHO says Sierra Leone registered 80 of the 124 new cases, Guinea 39 and Liberia the remaining five.



Almost nine thousand people have died from Ebola since December 2013.



The United Nations special envoy on Ebola, Dr David Nabarro, says the small rise in Ebola cases is a concern but it was known that there would be flare-ups.



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