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WHO Confirms No Ebola Case In Liberia In 2 Weeks
MONROVIA, March 12 (LINA) - No new case of the Ebola virus has been registered in Liberia since February 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, also hailing positive signs in Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Liberia, long the hardest-hit country in the Ebola epidemic that has killed nearly 10,000 people in West Africa, "has now gone well over two weeks without a new reported case," said Bruce Aylward, who heads the WHO Ebola response.
Since the outbreak began in December, 2013, some 24,282 people in nine countries have been infected with the virus, and 9,976 of them have died, according to the latest WHO figures.
All but 15 of those deaths have happened in the three West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone ravaged by the outbreak.
Liberia last week discharged its last confirmed Ebola patient, who tested negative for the virus for the second time on March 3, Aylward told reporters in Geneva.
That means the country started its 42-day, or two incubation-periods, countdown towards being considered Ebola free on March 4.
The outlook was less positive in the other countries affected by the outbreak, Guinea and Sierra Leone, although Aylward highlighted positive signs there too.
In Sierra Leone, which counts the most cases of the virus at 11,619, only 58 new confirmed cases were registered last week -- the lowest number since last June, he said.