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Yesterday it was reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the last known Ebola patient was released in Sierra Leone.
The BBC reported that the 35-year-old, Adama Sankoh, was discharged on Monday morning for a treatment center in the northern Bombali district.
Whilst Sierra Leone has not reported a new infection in over two week, according to the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), its neighbor, Guinea, has had a few cases confirmed.
Sierra Leone now starts its 42-day countdown to Ebola-free status. The period must pass with no new cases of the disease in order for the WHO to declare the country Ebola-free.
Politicians, health workers and people coming to support Sankoh danced and celebrated as she left the treatment center.
“It was like she was a rock star. There were at least 100 people there – politicians, press – everyone wanting a photograph of her,” an International Medical Corps (IMC) spokesman said.