WHO Declares Ebola Over in Senegal

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)
Bruce Aylward, left, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, WHO, is sitting next to British Valerie Amos, right, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, as he holds a report on Ebola virus during a press conference about of the response on global aid pledged to fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)
Bruce Aylward, left, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, WHO, and British Valerie Amos, right, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

Alexandra Zavis, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

GENEVA, Switzerland (The L.A. Times)—The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak over in Senegal, saying the country’s response is a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of the deadly disease.

Senegal had only one patient, a man who contracted the virus in neighboring Guinea and arrived in the West African country by road in August.

The Senegalese government reacted quickly, identifying and monitoring 74 people who had close contact with the man, testing all suspected cases, stepping up surveillance at the country’s many entry points and conducting nationwide public awareness campaigns, the WHO said in a statement Friday.

 

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