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WHO: New Ebola cases appear to be slowing down

The World Health Organisation's assistant director-general has said he is "cautiously optimistic" that the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is slowing down.

The World Health Organisation has issued travel and trade bans on Ebola-hit countries in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Credit: Reuters/Michelle Nichols

Dr Bruce Aylward said it appears the spread of Ebola in Liberia, in particular, is slowing, which suggests a target for putting containment measures in place by December should be "comfortably" be met if such positive trends continue.

Dr Aylward said though that the number of confirmed Ebola deaths across West Africa is likely to have risen above 5,000 from the 13,703 cases reported to date.