WHO Declares Guinea Free Of Ebola Virus

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has on Wednesday morning declared the Republic of Guinea free of Ebola outbreak.

This is the second time the West African nation will be declared free of the virus, as it has been six weeks since the last confirmed Ebola patient tested negative for the virus.

WHO Declares Guinea Free Of Ebola Virus
WHO Declares Guinea Free Of Ebola Virus

Having been declared free of Ebola in December, Guinea reported seven confirmed and three probable infections in March and April.

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The country now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified before they can spread.

“We must continue to be vigilant to ensure that we rapidly detect and stop any new cases that may occur,” said WHO Guinea representative Abou Bekr Gaye.

Another three cases were recorded in neighboring Liberia in a woman who had traveled from Guinea and her two children in early April.

If no new cases occur, Liberia will be declared free of Ebola by June 9.

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The WHO nevertheless lifted its global health alert on Ebola at the end of March, meaning the virus no longer constitutes a global health emergency.

Guinea is believed to be where the world’s worst Ebola outbreak occurred, spanning three countries primarily and killing 11,310 people.

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