The World Health Organization announced today (Oct. 20) that Ebola is no longer a threat in Nigeria.
According to the AP, health officials were able to monitor every person that came in contact with infected individuals. Isolation wards were constructed quickly and it has now been 42 days (twice the Ebola incubation period) since anyone in Nigeria has tested positive for the deadly virus.
At the same time, almost all of the people who have been quarantined after coming in contacted with Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan have been released from isolation. The 43 people who were released completed the 21-day incubation watch period and did not show any symptoms during that time.
The AP reports that one more person will be released later today, bringing the total of people declared in the clear of the virus to 44. Four more health care workers who cared for Duncan while he was a patient at the Dallas hospital will be released in few days.
Duncan’s family and fiancee Louise Troh were among those cleared of the disease.
Dallas City Administrator Clay Jenkins confirmed, “After 21 days of being on this watch list, there is zero chance that any of those young men or Louise carry the Ebola virus.”
Publication date: October 20, 2014