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Guinea declared free of Ebola virus that killed over 2,500


Guinea was declared free of Ebola after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only country still awaiting a countdown for the end of the epidemic. People in the capital, Conakry, greeted the declaration by authorities and the U.N. World Health Organisation with mixed emotions given the deaths and the damage the virus did to the economy and the country's health and education sectors.

Ebola has orphaned about 6,200 children in Guinea.There were more than 3,800 Ebola cases in Guinea out of more than 28,600 cases globally with 11,300 deaths, according to figures from the WHO. Almost all the cases and deaths were in Guinea and its neighbours Liberia and Sierra Leone. A country is declared Ebola-free 42 days after the recovery or death of the final patient and if there are no new infections. Liberia has lost more than 4,800 people to the haemorrhagic fever, but if all goes well will be declared virus-free in January. The country was declared Ebola-free in May and September, but each time new cases emerged.