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WHO Declares End of the Ebola Outbreak in the West African Nation of Guinea

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 30, 2015 at 11:44 PM
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 WHO Declares End of the Ebola Outbreak in the West African Nation of Guinea

Two years after the beginning of the Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, has declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation of Guinea.

The disease killed 2,536 people in Guinea, and a further 9,000 in neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the WHO in September 2015, and Sierra Leone in November 2015.

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A major concert will be held later on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the People's Palace in capital Conakry to celebrate the end of Ebola, which is expected to be attended by over 100,000 people.

The government in Guinea has blamed the virus for poor economic performance and says it has also caused people to distrust the country's health services.
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President Alpha Conde has doubled the health budget since winning re-election in October 2015.

A country is declared Ebola-free after 42 days without a single new case since the recovery of the last Ebola patient. The WHO will maintain surveillance and outbreak response teams in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia throughout 2016.

Source: IANS
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