Guinea has been declared Ebola-free by WHO [ Current Affairs ]

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Guinea Ebola-free has been declared by World Health Organization (WHO), a UN health agency after no new cases were reported. And with this country has enters into 90-day period of heightened surveillance of WHO.

The poisonous disease had killed more than 2, 500 people and had completely disturbed country’s economy and country’s health and education sectors in Guinea.

Criteria for declaring a nation Ebola-free

  • After no new cases are reported from human-to-human transmission over two incubation periods of virus i. e. 21 days, WHO can declare a country Ebola free.
  • Previously, WHO had declared deadline for Liberia to become Ebola-free in September 2015 and for Sierra Leone in November 2015.

Ebola Outbreak:

  • The birthplace of deadliest Ebola outbreak is Ebola outbreak Guinea in history and was initially centered on country’s remote south-eastern region of Nzerekore in 2013.
  • And then it had spread in to its neighboring countries Liberia and Sierra Leone and also seven other countries.
  • It has killed more than 11, 300 people in these three worst hit western African nations after it started from 2013.
  • In these three western African nations in this deadly outbreak Liberia was worst hit among them with 4809 deaths.

- Published on: December 30, 2015