WHO announces end of second Ebola outbreak in Guinea

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The World Health Organization officially declared the end of Guinea’s second Ebola epidemic, which was declared in February and resulted in 12 deaths.

At 16 confirmed cases and seven probable infections, according to WHO figures, the limited size of the outbreak has been credited to experience from the 2013-16 epidemic, which killed more than 11,300 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“I have the honor of declaring the end of Ebola” in Guinea, WHO official Alfred Ki-Zerbo said at a ceremony in the southeastern Nzerekore region, where the disease surfaced at the end of January.

International rules meant that Guinea had to wait 42 days — twice the virus’s incubation period — without a new case before declaring the epidemic over.

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