Sierra Leone releases its last known Ebola patient

2015-08-24 16:10

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Makeni, Sierra Leone - Health authorities in Sierra Leone have released the country's last known Ebola patient from the hospital.

The patient's release on Monday now starts the clock for a 42-day countdown until the World Health Organisation can declare the country Ebola-free.

Such a declaration would leave just one country left in West Africa with Ebola cases — Guinea, where the epidemic first began in late 2013.

Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Center director OB Sisay says authorities know there is still a high risk more cases could emerge. He says the "job is far from over."

Nearly 4 000 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone since the virus was first detected in May 2014. The patient released Monday is the mother of a man who died in late July.

Read more on:    sierra leone  |  health  |  west africa  |  ebola
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