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Liberia declared Ebola-free

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Monrovia, May 9: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday declared Liberia free of the deadly Ebola virus as no new case has been reported in the West African country in the last 42 days.

“WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. Forty two days have passed since the last laboratory confirmed case was buried on March 28, 2015. The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over,” WHO said in a statement. During August and September 2014, the country was reporting 300-400 new cases every week. “During those two months, the capital city Monrovia was the setting for some of the most tragic scenes from West Africa’s outbreak: gates locked at overflowing treatment centres, patients dying on the hospital grounds, and bodies that were sometimes not collected for days,” the specialised agency of the UN said.

The Ebola outbreak has claimed over 11,000 lives in West Africa, and remains active in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Liberia’s last case was a woman in the greater Monrovia area who developed symptoms on March 20 and died on March 27. The source of her infection remains under investigation, WHO said. (IANS)

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