WHO Declares End to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa — Physician’s First Watch

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January 15, 2016

WHO Declares End to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

By the Editors

The World Health Organization on Thursday declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia — marking the first time since the outbreak began in 2014 that the three hardest hit countries (including Sierra Leone and Guinea) have been considered Ebola-free.

To be declared Ebola-free, the countries had to have no cases for 42 days, or two incubation periods.

The WHO urges the countries to be vigilant for new cases, however, noting that they are still at risk for small "flare-ups." Ebola virus can remain in the semen of survivors for up to 1 year and, in rare cases, can be transmitted to intimate partners.

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