WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus for fourth time

The Ebola epidemic is over two-and-a-half years after it broke out in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Thursday in a release declaring Liberia free of the virus.

In a press statement, WHO declared Liberia free of Ebola, nine days after it had announced that neighbouring Guinea, where the epidemic broke out in December 2013, was also free of the virus. The outbreak had been declared over in Sierra Leone in mid-March.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were the three countries most affected by the virus, which killed more than 11,000 people.

Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified before they can spread.

It is the fourth time Liberia has been declared free of Ebola. The last three cases were reported in early April, with the last patient testing negative on April 28.

Last update: Thu, 09/06/2016 - 13:42

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