WHO Declares End Of Ebola Transmission In Guinea; Country Enters 90-Day Heightened Surveillance Period

News outlets report on the WHO’s December 29 declaration announcing the end of Ebola transmission in Guinea.

Associated Press: Guinea declared free of Ebola, step to end spread of disease
“The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak over in Guinea [on December 29], a huge step in the fight against the world’s largest epidemic and the first time there are no known cases anywhere since the virus emerged in Guinea two years ago…” (Diallo/Petesch, 12/29).

Bloomberg Business: Guinea Urged to Strengthen Health System as Ebola Outbreak Ends
“The World Health Organization urged Guinea to strengthen its health system in order to prevent a new Ebola virus epidemic, as the West Africa nation was declared free of the disease…” (Camara, 12/29).

CNN: Guinea declared free of Ebola virus
“…[T]he country now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to make sure that any new cases are identified quickly, the WHO said…” (Melvin, 12/29).

Newsweek: Guinea’s Next Challenge: Staying Free of Ebola (Gaffey, 12/31).

New York Times: In Guinea, a Hard-Won ‘Victory’ Over Ebola (Fink/Bah, 12/29).

NPR: World Health Organization Declares Guinea Ebola-Free (Quist-Arcton, 12/30).

Reuters: Guinea declared free of Ebola virus that killed over 2,500 (Samb et al., 12/30).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. declares end to Ebola virus transmission in Guinea; first time all three host countries free (12/29).

VOA News: West Africa Ends 2015 Declared Ebola-free (Pearson, 12/30).

Washington Post: Guinea is finally declared Ebola-free, but that does not mean the crisis is over (Cha, 12/30).

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