The World Health Organization declared Africa’s largest country by population “Ebola-free” on Monday; a sign of how easily the virus could have been contained had other West African countries acted as swiftly as Nigeria did. There haven’t been any cases of Ebola in 42 days, said WHO Country Representative Rui Gama Vaz, in a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
“The last chain of transmission has been broken. The disease is gone,” said Dr. Vaz. “This is a spectacular story, that Ebola can be defeated.” A different story has been unfolding in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. More than 4,500 people are known to have died from the disease in those countries, the WHO says.
Extracted and modified from Yahoo News.