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Nigeria declared free of Ebola by WHO

Last updated on March 30, 2017

Two incubation periods of 21 days have passed without any person testing positive for the Ebola virus, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO), officially declares Nigeria free of Ebola.

WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz calls the country’s containment of the virus a “spectacular success story.” Having gone six weeks without any new cases, Senegal was officially declared Ebloa-free on Friday. For an outbreak to be declared over, WHO arranges a committee on epidemiology, surveillance and lab testing to ensure that all conditions have been met.

The Ebloa outbreak killed more than 4,500 people in the West Africa regions of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It’s estimated that 70 percent of those infected died in those countries.

With the treat over, European countries are raising money to help reinforce over-burdened health care systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as help ease some of the financial damage done to their economies. So far more than €500 million (£400 million or $600 million) has been raise, however the UK is suggesting that amount be doubled.

The last reported case of Ebloa in Nigeria was September 5. WHO Nigerian representative Rui Gama Vaz said, “The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated. This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained but we must be clear that we have only won a battle, the war will only end when West Africa is also declared free of Ebola.”


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