UN: WHO says Sierra Leone records zero Ebola infection

New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) says for the first time in over a year, there are no people in Sierra Leone being treated for the Ebola virus and no other
confirmed cases in the country.

A WHO statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday, stated: "This milestone was marked on Monday with a ceremony celebrating the release of the country's final Ebola survivor from treatment."

It said that, surrounded by singing and dancing health workers, Ms. Adama Sankou, the last Ebola case in Sierra Leone, left the Makheni Ebola treatment unit on Monday.

WHO also reported that Sierra Leone's President, Ernest Bai Koroma, described her release as "the beginning of the end of Ebola", although the president acknowledged that continued efforts must be made in fighting the disease.

WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic, noted that, "the last Ebola patient has been released from the treatment centre after being tested negative twice, as per normal procedures."

He said: "We are starting the count-down of 42 days to incubation period, so hopefully if there are no new cases, we would have an end to the Ebola transmission."

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in March 2014, resulting in more than 11,000 deaths.

According to WHO, it is the largest and most complex outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered four decades ago.
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