UN Ebola chief's focus is on Sierra Leone, Guinea

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 7:26 AM
UN Ebola chief's focus is on Sierra Leone, Guinea

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s Ebola chief says the world body remains particularly worried about high transmission levels in western Sierra Leone and the interior of Guinea.

Dr. David Nabarro says his staff is focused now on "two particularly troublesome areas" centered around Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, and the forested mountainous region in southeastern Guinea.

He told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that he also is working closely with Mali's authorities to be ready to respond quickly in case the deadly virus spreads across the country's border.

He says medical personnel are "dealing with these still quite inflamed areas where there is a lot of transmission" with the aim of reaching the point where everyone who needs treatment in West Africa is receiving it, then eliminating any further transmission.