Liberia in New Countdown to Regain Ebola Free Status

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The countdown to 42 days has begun for Liberia to be declared Ebola free for the second time by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The head of the Incident Management System (IMS) and Deputy Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyeswah, explained yesterday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia that the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is now under control with no new cases in the country.
“We have carried out 96 tests of people suspected of coming in direct contact with the last person who died of the Ebola virus in Neidowin Town near Smell-No-Taste in Lower Margibi County, Nyeswah said. Based on the results, the government has renewed confidence in the health system as of yesterday.
There are seven functional ETUs in the country with 17 contact tracing on persons in progress, said Nyeswah. All 17 contacts
will graduate or be declared Ebola free on Saturday, August 1, but he could only express optimism that those under surveillance would also be declared free of any trace of the deadly virus.
Beginning tomorrow there will be no follow-ups of any person identified or suspected of the EVD in the country, Nyeswah stated.
Nyeswah also expressed the hope that the recent outbreak of the epidemic would be the end of the transmission of the virus in the country and the recent outbreak has been contained.
He, however, advised the public to remain vigilant in ensuring that Liberia does not experience any further outbreak and that the 42 day cycle will be completed.
He said it has already been six days into the countdown period and Margibi County has gone 18 days without any confirmed cases.
He emphasized that previous measures put in place including regular hand washing, avoiding handshakes by the government and partners will remain in force until the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone are declared Ebola free.

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