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Liberia, which along with Sierra Leone and Guinea was an epicenter of the latest outbreak, was first declared free of the disease last May, but new cases emerged two times — forcing officials there to restart the clock. In Liberia, there was guarded optimism Thursday about reaching the day benchmark with no new cases. The ministry of health is still carrying out Ebola tests on dead bodies before burial, and remains on the lookout for any suspicious cases. Follay Gallah, an ambulance driver who contracted the disease while intervening in an affected community in , welcomed Thursday's news but warned: "We could have a recurrence if we don't do those things that we need to do.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of people who are sick or bodies of the dead. A country is considered free of the disease when it has passed two incubation periods of 21 days without any more cases.

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However, the most recent flare-up in Liberia confounded scientists as it was not initially clear where the new cases had come from. WHO now says those cases "are likely the result of the virus persisting in survivors even after recovery. As a clinician you have to fill in. Sometimes they chase patients who escape, to convince them to continue treatment.

One nurse, Lydia Minaue , is in charge of disposing of the bodies of patients who die. Between January and May, 14 were abandoned — their families either too frightened or too poor to pick them up — so she ended up co-ordinating the burials herself. Rose Robert spent decades as a refugee in Ghana , after fleeing brutal war. Last year, she finally decided to come back home and find her family. Robert continued to try and trace them, but before long she started getting sick. Today, she regrets ever coming home. I got stranded. I got sick.

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South Africa: offering the culturally curious a heady mix of flavours. Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber. The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment. You should receive instructions for resetting your password. Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Ranging from various mechanisms put in place by the Government including the declaration of a three-month State of Emergency which followed the declaration of a Public Health Emergency by the President, to the compulsory closure of all schools, the quarantining of worst affected areas to the institution of a compulsory sanitized hand-washing and temperature taking of everyone at private and public buildings, checkpoints and homes, it was the President's decision of ensuring that she was not only grounded at home to personally oversee the fight but also made it a policy for all officials of the Executive to also remain on the battlefront with a few exempts that helped to propel that resilience among her compatriots.

That resilience resulted into a nation greatly unified, probably for the first time in some many years where politics and selfishness were replaced with unity among politicians and those from the political divides while deep patriotic concern resonated among the citizenship.

Now, the Government and people of our great nation can once again smile and thank God for ending the transmission of the virus that also affected the country's economy greatly. It's obvious that the commemoration of the event brings about mixed feelings: those of joy and grieve as lots more of our compatriots will reflect on the loss of their loved ones either directly or indirectly to the virus. The World Health Organization WHO 's latest report put the number of persons who died from the virus from Liberia and her two Mano River Union MRU neighbors of Sierra Leone and Guinea at 11, out of which over 4, of this number were our compatriots for whom we inevitably have to dedicate our celebration in their memorial.

Yes, it's true that the battle was initially met with a challenge of denial. But when Government stepped up its publicity, backed by its international partners, the battle continued unhindered.

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While we even grapple to complete the compilation of a comprehensive list of Ebola-heroes and heroines, led by Montserrado County Saah Joseph, Mr. Tolbert Nyensweah and his team, national and foreign health workers alive and dead , Liberian musicians and comedians' use of various platforms to carry messages, Ebola survivors who returned to aid in the fight, and others, we will never forget the international community's contribution to arriving at this point.

Though fewer than 20 new cases were reported from Sierra Leone and Guinea from the last week, according to the UN Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro, our resilience must remain intact, saying no to complacency and keeping an eye on our neighbors' Ebola freedom which the WHO hopes will be latest June. True to the President's defiance against a projected 1.