In late December, the World Health Organization announced that Guinea, a country once subject to the Ebola virus, is now free of virus transmission for the first time since the break out was detected there in March of 2014.

Originally, responders had initially failed to recognize the severity and the extent of the outbreak, which quickly crossed borders and inspired fear all over the world. According to estimates released by the World Health Organization, the life-threatening virus killed more than 11,000 people and sickened more than 28,000 across 10 countries. Since then, local, regional and international efforts have been made to end the outbreak.

The three West African Countries most affected by the epidemic – Gunia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – have now stopped the original chain of infections that broke out back in December 2013.

“This is a very big victory for the nation and the people of Guinea,” said Fode Tass Sylla, a spokesman for the country’s Ebola task force. He thanked other countries, the health organization and private charities for their support.

 

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