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Good news: Liberia declared Ebola-free

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Good news: Liberia declared Ebola-free

by Onome Oraka

After a long battle against the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation on Saturday declared Liberia free of Ebola.

The declaration came after inspection for 42 days during which no new case of Ebola was reported.

The WHO in a report revealed that the last Ebola patient in Liberia died on March 27, 2015. The WHO decided to watch for twice the virus incubation period, 42 days to ascertain that the country was free of Ebola before its declaration.

The deadly disease which started in Guinea in December 2013 infected over 26,000 people and left some 11,020 people dead.

Liberia was violently hit by the disease largely because of the lack of health facilities. The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with the body or bodily fluids of an infected person and the fatality rate has been estimated to be between 50 and 80 percent.

Survivors have reported eyesight problem, muscle and joint pain months after being cured of the disease.

Nigeria was not spared of this deadly virus as Patrick Sawyer, an infected Liberian Ebola patient brought it to Nigeria infecting and killing about 5 persons before WHO declared the country free of Ebola on October 20, 2014.

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