The Ebola epidemic that was ravaging East Africa and several other countries for last two years has finally been eradicated as WHO announced the remaining affected country, Liberia, was free from Ebola today 14th January, 2016. The epidemic started in South Guinea in December of 2013 and soon spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The tropical virus is of haemorrhagic nature with a very high mortality rate among infected. All in all, an estimated 11,315 people died during these epidemics out of almost 29,000 infected. Liberia was the worst hit with nearly 4,800 deaths. The fact that most of these countries do not have adequate health infrastructure raised even more concerns.
At its peak, the virus managed to spread to countries like the US, Spain and England via health workers. Last year in May, Liberia was declared free of Ebola but the virus came back one and half months later. In September again the country was declared free but the virus resurfaced. Hence this time WHO kept the ‘All-Clear’ on hold for 42 days or two incubation periods for the virus. WHO director for Ebola response Peter Graaff said, “We need to remain engaged.”