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Ebola Burnt Out In Africa?

Liberia Ebola Free For 42 Days

Liberia has been declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, which killed 11,000 people in the west African [area], after six weeks without a new case of the disease,

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said Liberia was free from Ebola after 42 days without a new case but urged vigilance until the worst-ever recorded outbreak of the virus was extinguished in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Nearly half of those deaths have been in Liberia, where the outbreak peaked between August and October, with hundreds of cases a week, sparking international alarm.

The size of the catastrophe prompted the United States to send in hundreds of troops to help build treatment clinics in the country.

Helped by the visible U.S. military presence, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government launched a national awareness campaign to stem the infectious disease, which is spread by physical contact with sick people.

‘We can’t take our foot off the gas until all three countries record 42 days with no cases,’ said Mariateresa Cacciapuoti, MSF’s head of mission in Liberia.

[ UN Special Envoy on Ebola David ] Nabarro suggested that, even though fewer than 20 new cases were reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone last week, it could take months to get to zero.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/09/2015 at 04:26 PM   
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