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Sierra Leone Has Released Its Last Known Ebola Patient

Sierra Leone’s last known Ebola patient, 35-year-old, Adama Sankoh was discharged from a treatment unit in the Bombali area of the country on Monday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sankoh contracted the Ebola virus after her son died from the disease in July.

The deadly virus has killed nearly 4,000 people in the country since May 2014.  The country hasn’t reported a new infection for 17 days, however there are currently twenty-eight persons in isolation being monitored for symptoms, according the National Ebola Response Center (NERC).

Liberia released its last known Ebola patients in late July. Guinea, where the current outbreak originated,  has had new cases in the past two weeks, according to WHO.

At the height of the Ebola crisis, a plethora of health centers were built in Sierra Leone where diagnosed patients could be treated. According to NERC, the country’s Ministry of Health is planning how many treatment units will remain open after the country is declared Ebola free.

The NERC plans to continue surveillance and anti-Ebola campaigns in the region for at least three months after the outbreak is officially declared over.

A country is not declared free of Ebola until 42 days have passed with no new cases. That 42-day mark is double the incubation time of the infection.


Photo: Alie Turay / AP

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