This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, a woman suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus sits in an ambulance in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone restricted travel Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in three more "hotspots" of Ebola where more than 1 million people live, meaning about a third of the country's population is now under quarantine. Sierra Leone is one of the hardest hit countries in the Ebola outbreak sweeping West Africa that is believed to have killed more than 2,900 people, according to World Health Organization tolls published Thursday. (AP Photo/ Tanya Bindra)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, a woman suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus sits in an ambulance in Kenema, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/ Tanya Bindra)

Stephanie Nebehay, REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters)—The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Sierra Leone remains hardest-hit, accounting for 117 of the 145 new confirmed cases, against 184 there the previous week and 248 the week before that, the WHO said in its latest update.

“Case incidence continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,” the United Nations agency said, adding that disease surveillance was being stepped up in border districts of Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal.

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