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Liberia Declared Ebola-free for the second time

Liberia Declared Ebola-free for the second time

The World Health Organisation on Thursday announced that Liberia, recently ravaged by Ebola, was free of the virus, 42 days after the last confirmed case passed a second negative test.

“WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population,” the UN health agency said in a statement.

WHO, which had previously declared Liberia Ebola-free in May only to see the deadly virus resurface six weeks later, said the country had now entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.

It hailed Liberia’s “successful response” to the recent re-emergence of Ebola, when six people were infected, including two who died.

“Liberia’s ability to effectively respond to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease is due to intensified vigilance and rapid response by the government and multiple partners,” WHO said. Read more

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