The Liberian government, who of recent has seen some encouraging developments in the Ebola outbreak, has lifted the “state of emergency” yesterday, according to an AFP report.
“I have informed the leadership of the national legislature that I will not seek an extension of the state of emergency,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced on state-owned radio network ELBC.
The country’s state of emergency was in place for 3 months, while Liberia was at the peak of the outbreak.
However, Sirleaf did emphasize that the fight against Ebola is not over.
Liberia has reported 6,822 Ebola cases to date, including 2,836 deaths. However, during the past 18 days, they have seen just 466 cases, a definite decline.
In Omaha, NE, multiple outlets have reported that the Nebraska Medical Center will be receiving it’s third Ebola patient. The infected patient has been identified as 44-year-old Dr. Martin Salia. Salia is a Sierra Leone citizen and surgeon, and also a legal permanent U.S. resident.
Dr. Salia lives in New Carrollton, Maryland with his wife.
Salia was working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. He is the sixth Sierra Leonean doctor to become infected with the Ebola virus.
In a statement Thursday, the Nebraska Medical Center said it had no official confirmation that it would be treating another Ebola patient.
If and when he arrives, Dr. Salia will be the 10th Ebola patient to be treated in the US.
Nebraska Medical Center has previously and successfully treated SIM USA physician, Dr. Rick Sacra, and NBC cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo.