WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Liberia

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The World Health Organization said that you can not lower our guard and Sierra Leone and Guinea continue to suffer from the disease, now in decline. | Photo: EFE

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Saturday that it has declared the end of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, after 42 days without new cases were reported.

During an official ceremony held at the headquarters of the cell anti-Ebola, one of the leaders of the organization, Alex Gasasira crisis, reported that “today, May 9, 2015, WHO declares free Liberia virus transmission Ebola. It’s been 42 days since the last laboratory-confirmed case. ”

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In the presence of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the representative of WHO welcomed the l ‘Ebola epidemic in Liberia has ended “, which is a great success for the country, where in a year, a total of 10 000 500 cases, at least four thousand 700 people have died.Gasasira thanked the government of that nation and people, “the determination to defeat Ebola never hesitated, whose courage never weakened.”

For his part, the president of Liberia also celebrated the end of the most serious outbreak of this virus since 1976, and acknowledged the work of health personnel.

“I thank you all Liberians for their efforts. When the Ebola epidemic was declared were baffled. We call on our professional and put the best of themselves in the fight,” he said.

THE FACT: According to WHO figures, the medical staff was the most affected, because a total of 380 infected, about 189 were killed.
Also, the World Health Organization, said that you can not lower our guard and Sierra Leone and Guinea, (neighboring countries with Liberia have been most affected by the virus), continue to suffer the disease, now in decline.

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IN CONTEXT
Since December 2013, the virus appeared in southern Guinea has left more than 11 000 deaths from a total of 26 thousand 500 cases, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, Britain and the United States were the other six countries where imported cases of Ebola were reported, but the number of infections was reduced.