Liberians Hit the Streets for a Joyous "Goodbye Ebola" Party

A nation celebrates as The World Health Organization declares Liberia free from the deadly virus

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Liberians crowded the streets on Sunday with music, dance, and jubilant chants to celebrate the end of Ebola cases in the country. They held signs that bid goodbye to the deadly virus, which has claimed an estimated 4,700 people. The government declared the day a public holiday after the World Health Organization announced that 42 days had passed without a single new case.

At one point during the year-long outbreak, doctors in Liberia were reporting 300 to 400 cases a week.

“While WHO is confident that Liberia has interrupted transmission, outbreaks persist in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, creating a high risk that infected people may cross into Liberia over the region’s exceptionally porous borders,” said the World Health Organization in a press statement.