Health authorities in Sierra Leone have released the country’s last known Ebola patient from the hospital.
The patient’s release on Monday now starts the clock for a 42-day countdown until the World Health Organisation can declare the country Ebola-free.
Such a declaration would leave just one country left in West Africa with Ebola cases — Guinea, where the epidemic first began in late 2013.
Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Center director OB Sisay says authorities know there is still a high risk more cases could emerge. He says the “job is far from over.”
Nearly 4 000 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone since the virus was first detected in May 2014. The patient released Monday is the mother of a man who died in late July.