Ebola Outbreak Over!

Today, January 14, 2016, the WHO declared Liberia to be free from Ebola (for the third time).  Sierra Leone and Guinea completed their respective 42-day countdowns late last year.  This means that the two-year-plus Ebola epidemic is officially over.

Of course, it is likely to crop up again, but the affected countries have shown they are able to quickly isolate and treat patients, identify and follow contacts, and get any future outbreak under control before it escalates wildly.

It was actually a non-event here.  While everyone is cognizant of the risks that still exist, and how to mitigate them, since we’ve been through it twice already the declaration passed with minimal mention.  Which is fine…I think we’re all ready to move on with our lives.