Ebola Virus

WHO Declares The End Of Ebola Outbreak In Liberia


The World Health Organization (WHO), declares the end of Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the country is now free of Ebola Virus as no new cases have arise in the last 42 days.

A public health campaign was launched to stem the epidemic, and the last confirmed death was on 27 March.

The Ebola outbreak has claimed over 11,000 lives in the region, and remains active in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

But new cases have been falling and the UN's Ebola envoy, David Nabarro, called progress against the disease in West Africa "extraordinary".

He warned however that it would take time to eliminate the outbreak completely.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expects her counterparts in Guinea and Sierra Leone to call to congratulate her on her victory over a disease that swept through the region, killing over 4,000 people in her war-recovering country alone.

Officials say it was collective effort and resilience that eventually conquered Ebola.

Ms Sirleaf is celebrating. She is due to take a bus tour around the capital thanking healthcare workers and community people in a victory parade.

She also indicated how traumatized she and the nation remain. "Even today if you hear an ambulance siren you shake a little bit," she said.

With international help, Ebola care centers and hand washing stations were set up to try to halt the disease, which is spread through contact with sick people.

Billboards were put up with slogans like "Ebola is real", "wash your hands and don't touch" and "don't be the next victim".

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