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Ebola Virus Transmission in Liberia and West Africa (Declared Over)

14 Jan 2016

WHO declared today, on 14 December 2016, that Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission has been stopped in Liberia and in West Africa.

The announcement follows 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles) since the last confirmed patient in Liberia tested negative for EVD twice.

14 December 2016, signifies the first time since the epidemic began 2 years ago that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have reported zero cases for at least 42 days. Sierra Leone was declared free of EVD transmission on 7 November 2015, and Guinea on 29 December 2015.

WHO warns that the 3 countries remain at high risk of additional small outbreaks of EVD, similar to the recent one in Liberia.

The EVD epidemic resulted in more that 28 500 cases and more than 11 300 fatalities.

Advice for Travellers

The risk of travellers becoming infected or developing Ebola haemorrhagic fever is extremely low, unless there has been direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of dead or living infected persons or animals. Healthcare workers are at particular risk, although practising appropriate infection control should effectively prevent transmission of disease in this setting.

Travellers returning from tropical countries should always seek rapid medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, diarrhoea or general malaise) within three weeks after return, and be reminded to mention to their health care provider that they have recently travelled.