Liberia Declared Ebola-Free

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 02:  People pass an Ebola awareness mural on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Photo: John Moore/2014 Getty Images

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over,” said the World Health Organization in a Saturday statement. The New York Times reports that it’s been 42 days (double Ebola’s incubation period) “since the safe burial of the last person confirmed to have had Ebola in the country, fulfilling the official criteria for concluding that human-to-human transmission of the virus has ended.” More than 4,700 Liberians died from the disease in between March 2014 and this spring.