Liberia declared free of Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia to be free from the Ebola virus on Saturday after 42 days passed since the death and burial of the final victim in the country.

Liberia had reported the highest death toll of the three countries that were impacted by the most-recent outbreak. At the peak of infection, area hospitals and treatment centers were seeing 300 to 400 new cases weekly.
Approximately 300 samples were tested for Ebola in Liberia each week in April, but none showed a positive reading for the virus.

While the elimination of the disease in Liberia is cause for celebration, the WHO warns that the outbreak continues in Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the risk of infected individuals entering the country is there.

The WHO indicated that strong leadership by President Ellen Sirleaf and the Ministry of Health, and the international and national response coordination were factors in ensuring the end of the outbreak in Liberia.

As of Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported 10,564 cases of suspected or probable Ebola in Liberia. Of those, 3,151 were lab-confirmed cases. In Liberia, 4,716 people died from the outbreak.

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