Ebola Outbreak: Liberia Releases Last Patient


Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases of the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). BBC was there:

Beatrice Yardolo, 58, left a Chinese-run treatment centre in the capital Monrovia after two weeks of treatment. Nearly 10,000 people have died from Ebola, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WHO officials say there were 132 new cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week to 1 March.

It is the first time since May 2014 that Liberia has had no new cases of the virus, the officials added. Ms Yardolo, an English teacher, said she was “one of the happiest persons on earth” as she headed home from the treatment centre in Monrovia’s Paynesville district. She was the last patient undergoing treatment for the disease in Liberia.

But WHO officials have warned that populations are so mobile in the region that there could easily be fresh outbreaks in Liberia. “We look at the three countries as really a single country, so while it’s good news that Liberia itself has no new cases, the populations are so mobile in that region that there could easily be re-importations of cases,” said WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl.