WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Sierra Leone lauded for halting spread of Ebola

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently congratulated Sierra Leone for stopping the transmission of the Ebola virus, as the nation has been free of new Ebola cases for a total of 42 consecutive days.

The 42 days is equal to two incubation cycles for the virus. As of today, that marks the last time that anyone had a second negative blood test for the Ebola virus.

Now Sierra Leone will begin a 90-day period that involves enhanced surveillance. This stage will end on February 5, 2016. Throughout this time, the WHO will give ongoing support to the nation, as this stage is crucial for guaranteeing that there are no new Ebola virus cases.

"Since Sierra Leone recorded the first Ebola case in May 2014, a total number of 8,704 people were infected and 3,589 have died, 221 of them health care workers, all of whom we remember on this day,” Anders Nordström, WHO's representative in Sierra Leone, said.

It is only through hard work and dedication that Sierra Leone was able to reach this milestone achievement.

“We now have a unique opportunity to support Sierra Leone to build a strong and resilient public health system ready to detect and respond to the next outbreak of disease, or any other public health threat,” Nordström said.

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