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The virus may be more stable than a study in August found.
Cases continued to drop, with WHO advisors saying complacency is the biggest obstacle to getting to zero.
As deaths top 8,000, UNMEER leadership changes hands, and Guinea launches a new effort.
Survivors face stigma and other complex issues because of the unique nature of the disease.
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.
Ebola cases have now reached 17,145, and deaths total 6,070.
Strong international support is still needed, including treatment units, a top WHO official said.
The WHO says Sierra Leone is likely to soon surpass Liberia's outbreak numbers.
Details from WHO on cases linked to an ill imam from Guinea who sought treatment in Mali.
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