A baby girl in Guinea, who was the last known Ebola patient in a two-year regional epidemic, has recovered from the disease but remained under surveillance at a medical facility in the capital Conakry on Tuesday, health officials said.
The baby’s recovery means that Guinea, the last country still battling the virus, can begin its 42-day countdown to declaring an end to outbreak. In a major breakthrough, neighbouring Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free on Nov. 7.
“We did two tests that turned up negative. She is completely cured of Ebola,” said Fodé Tass Sylla, spokesman for Guinea’s Ebola coordination unit. The baby, named Nubia, was born on Oct. 27 in the Nongo Ebola treatment centre to an infected mother who did not survive. Nubia received treatment from medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Read more