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Currently, there are no known cases of Ebola in Liberia. As of April 18, 2015, contacts of Liberia’s last known Ebola patient have completed their 21-day monitoring period and are no longer at risk for getting sick with Ebola.

Liberia map/CIA

Liberia map/CIA

This has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to no longer recommend that US residents avoid nonessential travel to Liberia–downgraded to Alert level 2–where the CDC recommends that US residents practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Liberia.

US health officials continue to urge all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea and Sierra Leone because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries (Still Level 3).

Travelers should also be aware that getting medical care in Liberia may be difficult because the health infrastructure has been severely strained by the Ebola outbreak.

The World Health Organization is responsible for determining when Liberia will be declared free of Ebola virus transmission.

A country  is considered to be free of Ebola virus transmission when 42 days (double the 21-day incubation period of the Ebola virus) has elapsed since the last patient in isolation became laboratory negative for Ebola.

The most current numbers from West Africa shows their has been 26,339 suspected, probable, and confirmed Ebola cases reported in the three countries with widespread transmission. This includes 10,895 deaths.

Image/CDC

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  1. […] Currently, there are no known cases of Ebola in Liberia. As of April 18, 2015, contacts of Liberia’s last known Ebola patient have completed their 21-day monitoring period and are no longer at risk for getting sick with Ebola. This has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to no longer recommend that US […] Outbreak News Today » Africa […]

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