WHO declares Ebola outbreak over, as Liberia gets all-clear
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 14, 2016
The two-year Ebola epidemic that killed more than eleven thousand people in West Africa has been officially declared over, as Liberia has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The World Health Organization said today’s announcement in Geneva marks forty-two days since the last Ebola cases in Liberia were tested negative. The announcement had previously been scheduled for Friday, with no reason given for the change.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in his remark warned that West Africa may see flare-ups of the virus. Ban also called on the world to make good on its pledges to care for the more than ten thousand Ebola survivors.
The end of active transmission of Ebola has been declared twice before in Liberia, only for the infection to re-emerge. However, Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberia’s deputy minister of health for public health and head of the country’s Ebola response, said Liberia has the capacity to contain any resurgence of the virus.