WHO Declares Senegal, Nigeria Ebola-Free

News outlets report on the WHO announcements that both Senegal and Nigeria have been declared Ebola-free.

The Atlantic: Senegal Is Declared Free of Ebola
“On Friday, as the White House made the essentially symbolic gesture of appointing a ‘czar’ to contain the American outbreak, some 4,000 miles to the east, Senegal was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization. In a statement, the U.N. agency praised the West African country’s response as ‘a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of Ebola’…” (Chandler, 10/17).

Reuters: World Health Organization declares Senegal Ebola-free
“The outbreak of Ebola in Senegal is officially over but the country remains vulnerable to further cases of the deadly disease being imported, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay, 10/17).

Wall Street Journal: WHO Declares Senegal Free of Ebola Disease
“…The WHO declared Senegal, which shares a border with Guinea, clear of the disease. The agency made the assessment after Senegal went 42 days — twice Ebola’s incubation period — without finding a new case…” (Morse, 10/19).

WHO: The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal is over
“Forty-two days have now passed since the last contact of Senegal’s single confirmed case of Ebola virus disease completed the requisite 21-day monitoring period, under medical supervision, developed no symptoms, and tested negative for the virus. WHO officially declares Senegal free of Ebola virus transmission…” (10/17).

WHO: WHO congratulates Senegal on ending Ebola transmission
“WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus…” (10/17).

Reuters: Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus
“The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after six weeks with no new cases, an achievement with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus…” (Eboh/Ukomadu, 10/20).

Wall Street Journal: Nigeria Declared Ebola-Free by WHO
“The World Health Organization declared Africa’s largest country by population ‘Ebola-free’ on Monday, a sign of how easily the virus could have been contained had other West African countries acted as swiftly as Nigeria did…” (Akingbule/Hinshaw, 10/20).

Washington Post: Nigeria declared Ebola-free after only 8 deaths
“The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria Ebola-free — after more than six weeks without a new case of the disease that has claimed the lives of more than 4,500 people in West Africa, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea…” (Bever, 10/20).

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