Ebola and its control in Liberia, 2014-2015

Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Francis Kateh, Luke Bawo, Moses Massaquoi, Miatta Gbanyan, Mosoka Fallah, Thomas K. Nagbe, Kollie K. Karsor, C. Sanford Wesseh, Sonpon Sieh, Alex Gasasira, Peter Graaff, Lisa Hensley, Hans Rosling, Terence Lo, Satish K. Pillai, Neal Gupta, Joel M. Montgomery, Ray L. Ransom, Desmond WilliamsA. Scott Laney, Kim A. Lindblade, Laurence Slutsker, Jana L. Telfer, Athalia Christie, Frank Mahoney, Kevin M. De Cock

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Abstract

The severe epidemic of Ebola virus disease in Liberia started in March 2014. On May 9, 2015, the World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola, 42 days after safe burial of the last known case-patient. However, another 6 cases occurred during June–July; on September 3, 2015, the country was again declared free of Ebola. Liberia had by then reported 10,672 cases of Ebola and 4,808 deaths, 37.0% and 42.6%, respectively, of the 28,103 cases and 11,290 deaths reported from the 3 countries that were heavily affected at that time. Essential components of the response included government leadership and sense of urgency, coordinated international assistance, sound technical work, flexibility guided by epidemiologic data, transparency and effective communication, and efforts by communities themselves. Priorities after the epidemic include surveillance in case of resurgence, restoration of health services, infection control in healthcare settings, and strengthening of basic public health systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Nyenswah, T. G., Kateh, F., Bawo, L., Massaquoi, M., Gbanyan, M., Fallah, M., Nagbe, T. K., Karsor, K. K., Wesseh, C. S., Sieh, S., Gasasira, A., Graaff, P., Hensley, L., Rosling, H., Lo, T., Pillai, S. K., Gupta, N., Montgomery, J. M., Ransom, R. L., ... De Cock, K. M. (2016). Ebola and its control in Liberia, 2014-2015. Emerging infectious diseases, 22(2), 169-177. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2202.151456