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WHO Declares Liberia Free of Ebola, Ending West African Outbreak

© AP Photo/ Abbas DullehA Liberian woman holds up a pamphlet with guidance on how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading, in the city of Monrovia, Liberia.
A Liberian woman holds up a pamphlet with guidance on how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading, in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. - Sputnik International
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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Thursday the end of Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "Today WHO 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," the WHO press service said in a statement.

The statement added that despite the end of the outbreak in Liberia, the disease could flare up in the region in future.

Liberia was already declared free of Ebola in May 2015, but more cases of the disease had been reported since then. A country is declared free of Ebola if there are no more recorded cases of the disease in 42 days after the last confirmed patient tested negative for Ebola virus twice.

The most recent Ebola outbreak began in December 2013, spreading across Western Africa from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing over 11,000 people in these three countries. In December 2015, the WHO declared Guinea free of the deadly disease. Earlier in 2015, Sierra Leone was also declared free of Ebola.

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