After claiming about 2,500 lives, Ebola has left Guinea, according to reports, which means Liberia remains the only nation still fighting the deadly disease. Before Guinea, Sierre Leone was declared Ebola-free in November.
The WHO earlier reported that it has not seen any new case of Ebola in last about 42 days, a time period in two incubation cycles for the disease. The organization concerned with international public health declared Guinea as Ebola-free country on Tuesday. The last reported Ebola patient in the country was a kid, WHO said.
Susan Michaels-Strasser, a nurse and professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, said the news gave relief to many as people in these countries are living in very tough conditions. It was shocking to see that the disease got to such a level, Michaels-Strasser who treated Ebola patients in Liberia added.
If reports are believed, there will be an event on Wednesday to announce the country Ebola-free. Government officials, NGOs and foreign representatives will take part in the ceremony.
“My colleagues and I at the World Bank Group congratulate the government and people of Guinea on reaching this important milestone. They have showed remarkable determination fighting Ebola since the first case emerged in rural Guinea two years ago”, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said. He also said that it is important to keep close watch in Guinea to make sure that everything is under control.
The worst Ebola outbreak started in Guinea about two years ago when the country treated its first patient.