The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria and Senegal Ebola-free after the West African countries have reported no new cases of the virulent killer after a 42-day period, twice the maximum incubation period of Ebola to detect possible unreported cases of infection.
Interestingly enough, reportedly, top epidemiologists in Nigeria have performed their due diligence with regards to tracing back the disease’s entry into the country and all confirmed cases of Ebola were linked back to a Liberian air traveler, who brought the virus in to the republic on July 20th, according to the WHO.
The WHO has confirmed that the transmission of the virus in to Senegal was as a result of a young man, who had traveled to Dakar by road from Guinea, where he had direct contact with an Ebola victim. The case was confirmed back on August 29th. The WHO credits both the country’s government, under the leadership of President Mack Sally and the Minister of Dr. Awa Coll-Seck for very quickly working hand-in-hand to stop the virus from overtaking the land.
However other West African countries such as Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are still being greatly impacted by the outbreak as new cases continue to spring up every day. Ebola has killed some 4,546 people across these three worst-affected countries.
While the outbreak is now officially over in Nigeria and Senegal, the countries’ geographical positions still, however, makes them highly vulnerable to additional imported cases of Ebola. Both countries reportedly will continue to remain on alert for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines.