admin | January 4, 2016
Guinea was declared free of Ebola last week. More than 2,500 people had died from the virus. Now, Liberia is the only country still counting down the days until the end of the epidemic.
The Ebola outbreak began in Gueckedou, eastern Guinea, in December, 2013. It spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and seven other countries. In all, more than 11,300 people died.
Despite the milestone, people in the capital, Conakry, greeted the declaration with mixed emotions, given the deaths and the damage to Guinea’s economy and its health and education sectors.
Rene Migliani is with Guinea’s Ebola coordination centre. He said about 6,200 children have been left orphaned.
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Photo: In a file photo from Jan. 30, 2015, children get their feet disinfected after a Red Cross worker explained that they are spraying bleach, and not spraying the village with the Ebola virus, in Forecariah in western Guinea. Credit: REUTERS/Misha Hussain