West Africa Formally Declared Free Of Ebola Virus

West Africa Formally Declared Free Of Ebola Virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared West Africa completely free of the Ebola virus after Liberia documented an end of active transmission - thus going 42 days without any case in the country, joining Guinea which recently was declared safe.

The declaration which comes as good news to Liberians and the people of West Africa has thus seen the chief of the WHO, Margaret Chan assure of clinical means to ensure the virus is cleared from all survivors by the end of year.

A country gets declared Ebola free only of two 21-day incubation periods have passed since the last known case tested negative for a second time.However, the end of active transmission of Ebola has been declared twice before in Liberia - only for the infection to re-emerge.

So far, the Ebola virus is feared to have affected African states as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with Nigeria recording only one case. Since the outbreak in the beginning of the year, major health interventions have been put in place in order to prevent the virus from spreading – top of which has been border controls and deployment of massive health care systems.

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