Sunday, 10 May 2015


The World Health Organisation has declared that Liberia is free of Ebola as there have been no new cases for 42 days, twice the maximum incubation period of the deadly disease.

But new cases were reported elsewhere in west Africa this week, in neighbouring Sierra Leone and in Guinea, the other two countries hit hardest by the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Officials and survivors remain cautious about openly celebrating the end of Ebola in Liberia, as the continued presence of the disease in the region means just one sick patient slipping over the border into Liberia could spark a resurgence of cases.

WHO has recorded more than 4,700 Ebola deaths in Liberia, more than any other affected country. There have been more than 11,000 deaths in west Africa.

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