Liberian officials hope of finally beating the deadly Ebola virus have come to fruition, as the first new case of Ebola infection in the country has been spotted, after weeks of hiatus.
Health officials say the patient has been relocated to an Ebola treatment center in the capital, Monrovia.
Their last Ebola patient was discharged last March 5, raising the medical officials’ expectation that the nation could soon be declared Ebola-free.
Before a country can be declared Ebola-free, a waiting period of 42 days is required, from when the last patient tests negative for the virus, twice the length of the virus’ incubation period.
Centered in West Africa, Liberia has the highest death toll in the Ebola outbreak with more than 10,000 people leaf dead by the disease, a vast majority from West African nations of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Since the outbreak began in December 2013, at least 24,340 people have already been infected with the deadly virus, transmissible through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.
The diseases keeps on rearing it’s deadly head despite of several measures to have it completely eradicated. The last Ebola patient was supposed to have been released from the Liberian hospital last week.
The vaccine testing was even transferred to Guinea due to lack of patients to test it here. And now this. The WHO has made a proclamation last week about Ebola maybe on the wane but it’s still highly evident.
For several days more health workers contracted the disease compared to when it was still raging mightily. The agency has been proven time and again on this matter. There should be more vigilance on the part of the local governments and the international community to wipe this disease once and for all. Only a close cooperation will solve the problem completely.