Liberia Records Major Milestone in Ebola Fight

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(Monrovia, Liberia March 4, 2015) After battling the Ebola virus for almost a year running, the Government of Liberia says it will on Thursday discharge the last known Ebola patient from a Chinese run Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) located in Paynesville city, outside Monrovia.

“We [Liberia] for the first time as a country since the second wave [of the Ebola outbreak] will be discharging the last confirmed Ebola case, and there will be a discharge - ceremony on the known last Ebola case; the person was positive and admitted in the Chinese ETU; we repeated the test three times, and the person is now negative; the person will be discharged tomorrow at the Chinese ETU,” Liberia’s Assistant Health Minister, Tolbert Nyansuah disclosed in Monrovia today.

Minister Nyansuah responsible for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health Social Welfare made the disclosure on Wednesday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia.

However, the Minister warned that the discharge of the last known Ebola patient in the country does not suggest in any way that Liberia which lost more 4,000 people to the disease, is completely free of the deadly virus that has swept through West Africa since 2014.

“We are not out of the woods yet, we are still monitoring contacts about 102 contacts; but Liberia has gone 12 days since February 19 when we reported the last confirmed case in our country without a confirmed case. We now have a countdown for 42 days,” the health official told newsmen on Wednesday.

He added that Liberia is going through two incubation periods before the country can be pronounced Ebola free by the World Health Organization.

“By tomorrow, if we discharge [the last Ebola patient] we will be left with no confirmed case in Liberia; however, we are not out of the woods yet, we are still monitoring some  contacts in Montserrado County”, Minister  Nyansuah  stressed.