Ebola cases drops to 5 in Liberia and now a vaccine is on its way

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By News One

The West African nation of Liberia has just five remaining confirmed cases of Ebola, a senior health official from that country said on Friday. The official also said that Liberia could be free of the virus by the end of next month, reports Reuters.

Liberia – a country founded in the early 1800s by Americans for former slaves and their descendants – was once the epicenter of Ebola, with more than 300 cases per week, according to the World Health Organization. In total, more than 8,600 people have died from the deadly disease, mostly in the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The significant decline in infection rates is mostly due to the swift international response and a public awareness campaign.

“We have five confirmed Ebola cases in Liberia as of today,” said Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola taskforce, says Reuters.

Ironically, now that the disease has reached a “turning point,” there is an experimental vaccine that is headed for Liberia next week. Alas, it will be hard to determine the vaccine’s effectiveness since the numbers of Ebola infection have declined so precipitously.

 

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