WHO Declares End To Ebola Outbreak In West Africa, Calls For Extended Vigilance

News outlets report on the WHO’s declaration that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has ended.

Agence France-Presse: WHO declares Ebola outbreak over as Liberia gets all-clear
“The world breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 and triggered a global health alert was declared over, with Liberia the last country to get the all-clear…” (Dosso, 1/14).

Agence France-Presse: Ebola epidemic is over but expect flare-ups: U.N.
“West Africa can expect flare-ups of Ebola in the coming year even if the world’s worst outbreak of the disease will be declared effectively over, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday…” (1/13).

Associated Press: WHO declares end to Ebola transmission in West Africa
“…Liberia, which along with Sierra Leone and Guinea was an epicenter of the latest outbreak, was first declared free of the disease last May, but new cases emerged two times — forcing officials there to restart the clock…” (Keaten/Larson, 1/14).

The Guardian: Ebola is over in West Africa, says World Health Organization
“…The virus, which can kill within five days of infection, devastated the region’s economies and ripped through communities, killing more than 11,000 people and infecting more than 28,500…” (O’Carroll/Jones, 1/14).

U.N. News Centre: With West Africa set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission, U.N. chief calls for vigilance
“… ‘Governments will need resources to help communities prevent infection, detect potential cases and respond rapidly and effectively,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a regular informal General Assembly meeting on Ebola recover and response … Remarks were also made by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan (via video link); Administrator of the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark; Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and former Special Envoy on Ebola Briefing Dr. David Nabarro; and the Deputy Health Minister of Liberia, His Excellency Tolbert Nyenswah (video link), among others, including Ebola survivors…” (1/13).

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