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Sierra Leone's western area is seeing intense Ebola activity, and in Guinea a surge of cases in one area propelled the country into its highest weekly case incidence so far.
The authors say the findings have proved useful in creating a more potent version.
The CDC director said Ebola outbreak conditions have improved since his first visit, but tough challenges remain.
In the first stop of a 3-day tour, the UN director warned against easing up on response efforts.
New information now indicates phase 2 trials will most likely start in Africa in February.
The nation announced a ban on Christmas and New Years' festivities and a month-long response surge.
Officials discuss health system recovery in West Africa, while Swiss vaccine trials hit a snag.
The WHO and others are waging a battle to stop an "ominous spike" in Ebola cases in eastern Sierra Leone, while the western region is also a concern.
As groups tailor their response, the outbreak hits 17,800 cases, 6,331 deaths.
The CDC has fielded Ebola questions about 650 people, with 61 (9%) tested for the disease.
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