The World Health Organization declared Saturday that Liberia’s devastating 14-month Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 4,700 people, is over in the West African country.
WHO said it has been 42 days since the last confirmed Ebola victim in Liberia was buried. That is twice the 21-day incubation period for the disease to emerge in an infected individual.
A national ceremony is planned for Monday.
Outbreaks persist, however, in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, WHO cautioned, noting that this reality creates “a high risk that infected people may cross into Liberia over the region’s exceptionally porous borders.”
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