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Sierra Leone Has First Week of No New Ebola Cases | TIME
(FILES) This file picture taken on March 28, 2015 shows Sierra Leonean health officials checking for the ebola virus on passengers transiting at the border crossing with Liberia in Jendema. An Ebola vaccine provided 100-percent protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said on July 31, 2015, mooting "the beginning of the end" of the killer West African outbreak. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSOZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images

Sierra Leone Has First Week of No New Ebola Cases | TIME

An entire village was put under quarantine

Sierra Leone has gone one full week without any new Ebola cases, a first since the start of the outbreak over a year ago.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Ebola response has moved into “phase 3,” which means responders are working to ensure that the last known cases of Ebola in the country have not spread.

The WHO traced the final cases to a man who worked in Freetown, the capital, and then returned to his home village of Massessehbeh in a northern region in the country, called Tonkolili. The man died in a hospital while receiving malaria treatment, and a postmortem test confirmed he had Ebola. Responders put the entire village in quarantine for 21 days, bringing in water and food and providing information and support, while checking everyone daily for signs of Ebola.

Source: Sierra Leone Has First Week of No New Ebola Cases | TIME