The World Health Organization (WHO), on Thursday, announced that the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for two years is over.
The announcement came following the declaration of Liberia, the last affected country, free of the deadly hemorrhagic virus.
The declaration comes because it is 42 days since Liberia’s last Ebola patient tested negative. The country previously declared itself virus-free in May and September last year but each time a fresh cluster of cases appeared.
The UN health agency said: “Today the World Health Organization declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa.”
WHO stressed though that “the job is not over,” warning that “more flare-ups are expected.”
One of the most feared diseases in the world, Ebola, killed more than 11,300 people out of 28,600 cases across West Africa after it surfaced in southern Guinea in December 2013.