Sierra Leone’s Last Known Ebola Patient Released; Country Begins 42-Day Countdown To Being Declared Ebola-Free

Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone releases its last known Ebola patient
“Health authorities in Sierra Leone released the country’s last known Ebola patient from a hospital on Monday, a milestone that allows the nation to begin a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus that has killed nearly 4,000 people here…” (Roy-Macaulay, 8/24).

BBC News: Sierra Leone discharges last Ebola patient
“35-year-old Adama Sankoh was discharged from a treatment center in the northern Bombali district on Monday morning. The country hasn’t reported a new infection for more than two weeks, according the the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)…” (Mazumdar, 8/24).

The Guardian: Joy as Sierra Leone’s last Ebola patient ends treatment but grief and fear remain
“…Health workers in masks and full protective clothing danced and cheered as they escorted Sankoh from the high risk zone of the [Ebola treatment center], through the chlorinated shower, and on to a red carpet…” (O’Carroll, 8/24).

Los Angeles Times: Sierra Leone’s last known Ebola patient is discharged singing and dancing
“…President Ernest Bai Koroma was among a joyful throng waiting to receive Adama Sankoh on the outskirts of the north-central city of Makeni. He presented her with a discharge certificate, as staff from the International Medical Corps facility clapped and beat drums…” (Zavis, 8/24).

Reuters: Sierra Leone releases last known Ebola patient from hospital
“…Sierra Leone confirmed its first case in May 2014 and has since recorded the highest number of cases in the region, although neighboring Liberia has suffered more fatalities…” (Fofana/Farge, 8/24).