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Ebola outbreak in west Africa is officially over

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i243
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa officially over, more than two years after it began.

Liberia is the last of the three west African countries worst affected by the virus to mark 42 days since the last patient tested negative for the disease. Liberia was first declared free of the virus in May 2015 but has had two flare ups of the virus since then. Sierra Leone was declared free of transmission on 7 November last year, and Guinea was declared free …

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