The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer qualifies as an worldwide health emergency, although it cautioned that male survivors can infect their sexual partners for up to a year after recovering.
The decision came after WHO convened the ninth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations regarding the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa took place on Tuesday.
Each of the recent flare-ups was immediately and effectively contained. Sequence data on individual viruses back up the epidemiological detective work needed to define the source of transmission chains with great precision.
Although new clusters of cases continue to occur, t he risk of worldwide spread is now considered to be "low", according to WHO's Emergency Committee. Today, Secretary Johnson extended the TPS designations of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for an additional six months from May 22, 2016, through November 21, 2016, due to lingering effects of the Ebola Virus outbreak.
She also warned against complacency towards the virus, which remains in "the ecosystem" in West Africa and said that vigilance was crucial, including quick reactions to new cases.
But a new chain in Guinea has infected eight people, including seven who have died.
Sierra Leone recorded two cases in January.
He appreciated the continued generous most valuable technical, financial and logistical support that global community continues to provide to Liberia and committed the World Health Organization continuous support to Liberia in its ongoing effort to detect suspected cases through strengthened disease surveillance.
One of the unexpected outcomes of the epidemic is that among the large number of survivors are people who continue to have the virus in their systems despite clinical recovery.
Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofana said "our response ... was prompt and effective and it reaffirmed the local capacity that was built during the previous encounter with the disease, to manage public health events and to say never again shall we be overtaken by any public emergency".