Ebola transmission ends in Guinea

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Truckers from Guinea wait to be screened for Ebola at the busy Konadu checkpoint in Lofa County, Liberia. File Photo: WHO/M. Winkler

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of the Ebola transmission in Guinea.

The WHO said there have been no new cases of Ebola in Guinea for 42 days. The country will now enter a 90-day period of heightened surveillance before it can be declared "Ebola free".

About 11,000 people died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from the disease.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

Almost two years to the day from when a toddler became the first victim of Ebola in West Africa, Guinea has reached an important milestone in its fight against the disease.

The President of the World Bank Group congratulated Guinea on its efforts to contain the spread of Ebola.

He added, however, that the international community must remain vigilant to ensure the affected countries are able to rebuild their economies and strengthen their health systems to prevent another pandemic.

The UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) also welcomed the news, but noted that more than 22,000 children lost one or both parents due to Ebola.

In a statement, UNICEF said that many of those children suffered terrible trauma and continue to be stigmatized in their neighbourhoods.

The agency said moving forward, efforts must be made to rebuild crippled health care systems in the affected countries, where practices such as vaccinations for small children dropped significantly during the outbreak.

Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free in November and Liberia is expected to follow suit in mid-January.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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