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Old 11-08-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Thumbs up WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

***FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Cheers erupted and people danced in the streets Saturday as Sierra Leone marked the end of the Ebola outbreak within its borders, although neighbouring Guinea still struggles to stamp out the deadly virus that has killed more than 11,000 mostly in West Africa.

Nearly 4,000 people have died in Sierra Leone of Ebola since the outbreak began in late 2013. The World Health Organization said 42 days have passed since the country's last confirmed Ebola patient was discharged on Sept. 25 after two consecutive negative test results.

Hundreds of people celebrated in the streets of the capital, Freetown, when Anders Nordstrom, Sierra Leone representative for the World Health Organization, declared the end of the Ebola outbreak.

"WHO commends the government and people of Sierra Leone for the significant achievement of ending this Ebola outbreak," he said...***

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Wonderful news!!!
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Didn't they find that the Ebola virus can persist for many months in the semen and other fluids ? Will the Sierra Leonians be able to abstain from sex for six months ? One year ?
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Isn't that where UK nurse Pauline Cafferkay caught the decease? And she is stlll being treated here in the UK? It's been nearly a year now.
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This is great news for them and the world. But, and I'm not trying to be picky, what the media is reporting isn't quite accurate. The WHO has declared that "Ebola virus transmission has ended". That's a bit different than saying that the country is Ebola free.

From the WHO website:

Sierra Leone stops transmission of Ebola virus

7 November 2015 -- WHO declares that Ebola virus transmission in Sierra Leone has ended. Forty-two days have now passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease had a second negative blood test. WHO continues to support the country as they enter a 90-day period of enhanced surveillance.
Read the full press release here: http://www.afro.who.int/en/sierra-le...nsmission.html
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