Friday, May 8, 2015

Excellent News Out Of Liberia: 42 Days -- No New Ebola Cases. End, Outbreak.

It seems only a few weeks ago, we were mightily discouraged by new Ebola cases in Liberia. Now -- 42 days later -- the nation will be declared disease free by the WHO, tomorrow.

Once again, science finds a way. It just does. It is truly a heady time to be alive. Here is Bloomberg, on it all:

. . . .Liberia, the country with the most deaths in the current Ebola outbreak, may be declared free of the virus tomorrow, according to the World Health Organization.

May 9 marks 42 days since the burial of the last confirmed Ebola victim in the West African nation, according to the Geneva-based WHO. That’s twice the longest-known incubation period for the virus, the marker for declaring the outbreak over in a country. Sierra Leone and Guinea are still reporting additional Ebola cases. . . .

The White House welcomed the news as a milestone for Liberians but cautioned there was more work to be done in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

"We must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases," it said in a statement that stressed the importance of trying to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks before they become epidemics.

In Liberia, the government ran a national awareness campaign to educate Liberians on how to protect themselves from Ebola.

"It is a tribute to the government and people of Liberia that determination to defeat Ebola never wavered, courage never faltered," the WHO said in a statement on Saturday. . . .

If you are so inclined, do ask for the Universe to aid the fine people of Guinea and Sierra Leone, in your Mothers' Day meditations. And for those who hold close those less clearly defined covenants of the life-sciences, keep hoping for robust large scale, durable ring/clinical trial results there, too. Fond wishes to all mothers the globe over. Thank you for being. . . you.


Anonymous said...

Agree and I just made another donation to MSF.

Condor said...

Very commendable! That's Doctors Without Borders -- for us French-impaired folk... Smile... Namaste!