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The Ebola crisis in West Africa is likely to continue until the end of 2015, according to Professor Peter Piot, a leading researcher who helped to discover the deadly virus.

Professor Piot, who recently returned from Sierra Leone, says that he was encouraged by progress in that country and by the promise of new anti-viral therapies.

But he nevertheless cautioned that vaccines would take time to develop.
Piot, who was one of the scientists who discovered the killer disease in 1976, is now Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He said that although the epidemic has peaked in Liberia and was likely to peak in Sierra Leone in the coming weeks, the outbreak could have a “very long tail and a bumpy tail.”

He added “We need to be ready for a long effort, a sustained effort [for] probably the rest of 2015.”
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