The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola today, making it the first of the three hardest hit West African countries to bring a formal end to the epidemic.
More than 4,608 deaths from Ebola have been recorded in Liberia, more than in any other affected country. Neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to fight the outbreak that has claimed more than 10,000 lives across the region since last year.
The WHO regards a country Ebola-free after a 42-day period without a new case, twice the maximum incubation period.
The last confirmed death in Liberia was on 27 March. On Saturday the World Health Organization said in a statement: “The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over.”
Ebola virus was detected in Guinea in 2013 which borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone, from there it expanded with 26 thousand infected and 10, 892 died up to now.