Sierra Leone reported no new Ebola cases, for the first time since the outbreak, which is a small sign of progress for health officials.
On August 17, the World Health Organization reported that this was the first week with no new cases, but the country still has ways to go to get Ebola free.
AdvertisementWHO said that the use of rapid response teams and strong community involvement in finding Ebola cases yielded results in the country.
Sierra Leone was one of three West African countries, alongside Guinea and Liberia that were hit the hardest by the Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,000 people.
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sierra Leone had nearly 4,000 deaths from Ebola. Guinea reported 2,500 cases and Liberia the most with 4,800.
Sierra Leone still has a long wait to becoming Ebola free. The WHO did not declare Liberia Ebola free until May when no new cases were recorded after 42 days.
Even then the proclamation was premature. Last month Liberia reported two confirmed cases of the deadly disease.