Two virus incubation periods of 42 days have passed since the last confirmed person with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone tested negative, meaning the end of the Ebola flare-up has come at last.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has worked increasingly with the Sierra Leone government and intends to continue to do so in the future to prevent such an outbreak of Ebola, or other deadly viruses, again.
The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone resulted in a death toll of 3,590. Members of Sierra Leone from all types of disciplines and areas reacted quickly to the outbreak, working to vaccinate, treat and defeat the virus, as well as to counsel patients and their families. This fight serves to display the advancement in disease outbreak response that has developed at all levels of the government and communities -- and how previous planning has been extremely beneficial.
Despite the triumph, WHO continues to watch and warn Sierra Leone and the neighboring countries of Liberia and Guinea, as many survivors still carry the virus. The preparedness level before this recent outbreak needs to be redoubled to prevent future recurrences, according to the WHO.