Not a single person tested positive for Ebola last week in the three West African nations devastated by the deadly virus, the first time that has happened since March 2014, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday.
The epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and sparked panic in the Unites States during the summer of 2014 is now confined to small areas of Guinea and Sierra Leone, the international health agency reported.
There have been fewer than 10 cases per week over the 11 weeks that ended Sept. 27. From Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, no cases were confirmed in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone. At the height of the epidemic, in mid-September 2014, the three countries recorded more than 700 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic virus in a single week.
In all, 28,457 people have been infected by the virus and 11,312 have died. Since the outbreak began early last year, 881 health workers were infected and 513 died. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian who arrived in Texas with the virus, was the only person to die of Ebola on American soil.
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