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WHO salutes Liberia for halting Ebola transmission


Kigali -WHO has again declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission after it effectively handled fresh incidence in June.
A statement issued by the UN agency on Thursday in Kigali said Liberia’s response to the scourge was due to intensified vigilance by government and multiple partners.
“Members of the community were engaged and effectively contributed to contact tracing and social mobilization.
“International partners supported the government in areas such as technical assistance, provision of personnel, food, supplies and equipment’’ the statement said.
The transmission had previously been declared over on May 9, 2015, but the disease re-emerged in June as six additional cases were identified.
According to the statement, out of the six cases two deaths were recorded with no health worker was infected.
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Reports indicates that on June 29, 2015, midway through the first 90-day period, a routine post-mortem swab taken from a 17 year-old male, who died on 28 June, tested positive for Ebola virus disease.
The incident caused a setback in the nation’s effort to tackle the menace which had claimed thousands of lives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
WHO said it would continue to support the country during the 90 days of heightened surveillance that begins Sept.3, 2015 and in the nation’s recovery efforts (PANA/NAN)

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