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WHO declares outbreak in West Africa over
On 14 January 2016, the WHO declared the outbreak of Ebola virus infection in West Africa over. They note that more flare-ups are expected and that strong surveillance and response systems will be critical to keeping these under control.
Source: WHO media release 14 January 2016 (www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/ebola-zero-liberia/en/).
Countries with widespread transmission
Countries with imported cases or limited transmission
- Sierra Leone (single deceased case reported 14 January 2016).
Countries that are no longer Ebola-affected
Countries are declared no longer Ebola-affected by the WHO when 42 days (two times the maximum incubation period) have passed since the last case tested negative or was buried.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (outbreak over 20 November 2014)
- Guinea (outbreak declared over 29 December 2015)
- Italy (outbreak over 20 July 2015)
- Liberia (outbreak declared over 14 January 2016)
- Mali (outbreak declared over 19 January 2015)
- Nigeria (outbreak over 19 October 2014)
- Senegal (outbreak over 17 October 2014)
- Spain (outbreak declared over 3 December 2014)
- United Kingdom (Last patient tested negative 23 January 2015, more than 42 days as of 7 March 2015)
- United States (Last patient tested negative on 9 Nov 2014, more than 42 days as of 23 December 2014
Travellers to these countries are not currently considered to be at risk of exposure to Ebola.