Monrovia, Liberia – While its neighbors still struggle to get the Ebola virus under control, Liberia has hopes that it has seen its last case. An Ebola treatment center in the country’s capital of Monrovia discharged the country’s last known infected patient on Thursday. This is a welcomed sign in a country who suffered thousands of cases of infection in the past year. It still remains possible that new cases could pop up, but treatment centers have gone from treating hundreds of sick patients down to emptying every last bed in their facilities.
Liberia Possibly Ebola-Free After Discharging Last Infected Patient
Barring any new infections that could still be introduced from international travelers, Liberia still technically has about a 9 day incubation period remaining before it could give the all clear. There have been no new confirmed cases in the entire country for 12 days, which is just past the halfway point through the virus’s 21 day incubation period. The country has been on high alert since the virus’s outbreak, and now they finally might get a moment to rest.
Neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea are still struggling to get Ebola under control, as even Sierra Leone’s Vice President is being quarantined for possible exposure. The threat for the spread of the virus still remains at large, and the virus has killed many thousands of those who were infected this time around.
Perhaps the next time the Ebola virus outbreaks again, world health workers will be more prepared to treat it early on. New vaccines have been put into use, and refined forms of treatment were experimented on with great success during this epidemic. Doctors and scientists seized many opportunities to examine patients and biological samples in an effort to develop pharmaceuticals and other treatments to combat the live virus.
Liberia Possibly Ebola-Free After Discharging Last Infected Patient.