Last known Sierra Leone ebola victim released

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(25 Aug 2015) Health authorities in Sierra Leone released the country’s last known Ebola patient from an Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) on Monday.
President Ernest Bai Koroma presented a certificate of discharge to Adama Sankoh, who contracted Ebola after her son died from the disease late last month.
The milestone release allows the nation to begin a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus that has killed more than 3,500 people here.
If Sierra Leone is declared free of transmission of the Ebola virus it would leave just one country with the disease – Guinea – after an epidemic that has killed more than 11,200 people since late 2013.
But first Sierra Leone must go 42 days – equal to two incubation periods of 21 days – without another Ebola case in order for the World Health Organization to make such a declaration.
It’s a benchmark that Liberia reached in May only to then experience a brief reappearance of cases.

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