THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Liberia declared Ebola-free

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday that Liberia is free of Ebola virus transmission among humans.

It has been 41 days since there was the second negative test, taken on July 22. Now the nation will begin a period of enhanced surveillance, which will last for the next 90 days.

Liberia was able to effectively respond to the Ebola virus outbreak, thanks to rapid response and heightened vigilance from several partners in addition to the local government. The nation’s transmission was said to be over on May 9, 2015, but the illness re-emerged with another six cases on June 29.

The last case was identified on June 29, partway through the nation’s first 90-day surveillance period. During a routine post-mortem swab test, health care workers found a positive test result for Ebola from a 17-year-old man. The man died on June 28. After confirming the positive results, a team with specialized training was sent to conduct a thorough investigation.

The response was quick to contain the latest outbreak. Several members in the local community contributed to social mobilization and contact tracing. International partners also provided provisions of food, personnel, equipment, supplies, and technical assistance.


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