(Nature) – The ease in case numbers means that public-health countermeasures and resources can be shifted in many places, from curbing runaway outbreaks to aggressively targeting the remaining, often smaller outbreaks. The region is also now vastly better prepared to tackle Ebola than it was five months ago, with greater levels of outbreak-response funding, infrastructure, staffing and experience. At the same time, there is a danger of complacency. Reducing the number of cases to zero demands identifying and breaking all new chains of transmission, a task that still faces major obstacles — not least the fast approaching rainy season.
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