WHO declares Liberia Ebola free

By Editorial Board - 7 September 2015 at 2:34 pm
Ebola health workers spray disinfectant on an ambulance that was used to transport   two people suspected of having the Ebola virus  on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Liberian officials confirmed a second Ebola case Wednesday in the same town where the disease was detected days earlier on the corpse of a teenager, seven weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh

Liberia has once again been declared Ebola free. Last Thursday the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola free after its 42-day period without recording a confirmed case of the virus.

Liberia is now entering its 90-day period of vigilance and surveillance, which will hopefully prevent any further outbreaks.

Previously, on May 9 this year, the country we declared Ebola free. However on June 28 a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, died in Margibi Count from Ebola after earlier being tested and found positive of carrying the virus disease by the Liberian authorities. This was the first reported case since the WHO declared that Liberia was Ebola free. Five additional cases were then reported.

On Thursday at a press conference Dr. Alex Gasasira, the WHO Country Representative told the world “today, the WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population.”

“Two transmission cycles have passed since the last negative case of the last laboratory confirmed case,” she continued.

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