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Emergency Appeal Operation Update - Ebola Virus Disease Emergency Appeals (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Global Coordination & Preparedness) - Update No. 26

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola Situation Reports of 14 October 2015, no confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 11 October. This was the second consecutive week with zero confirmed cases. However, 150 registered contacts remain under follow-up in Guinea, of which 118 are high risk, and an additional 259 contacts remain untraced. There remains a near-term risk of further cases among both registered and untraced contacts.

No confirmed cases of EVD were reported in the week to 4 October. This is the first time that a complete epidemiological week has elapsed with zero confirmed cases since March 2014. All contacts have now completed follow-up in Sierra Leone while over 500 contacts remain under follow-up in Guinea.

Presidential elections were held in Guinea on 11 October 2015. At the time of these elections the worst of the EVD epidemic is over despite there being a lesser number of prevalent cases. According to news reports, seven opposition parties had called for a postponement, citing alleged irregularities in the electoral roll, but their pleas were rejected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) also petitioned the Supreme Court of Guinea to have the election postponed, but it was rejected.