Updated on 15 May 2015
People of Liberia celebrate as they say Goodbye Ebola (PC:www.nbcnews.com)
Singapore: The World Health Organization has declared Liberia as Ebola free, celebrating its 42 days without a confirmed case. "The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over," read a statement from the organization.
The agency, however, said that Ebola free is a complicated designation as survivors and animals can continue to carry the infectious disease. It is believed fruit bats started the current outbreak and the WHO warns that chimpanzees, gorillas, porcupines and other animals can be infected. Their bodily fluids may pass the disease on to humans.
Liberia was one of the three countries hardest hit by the 15-month long epidemic and has suffered more than 10,000 cases and more than 4,700 deaths as a result. President Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that the experience of Ebola will help us rebuild our healthcare systems.
But, until the neighboring countries Sierra Leone and Guinea join Liberia as Ebola free nations, the risk remains. In the week of May 3, each reported nine new cases, according to the WHO