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World Health Organization Declares Liberia Free of Ebola

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    World Health Organization Declares Liberia Free of Ebola
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    Health workers wash their hands after taking a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in an area where a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined the area where the corpse of the boy was found, sparking fears this West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

    The World Health Organization has formally announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, joining Sierra Leone and Guinea — the epicenters of the latest outbreak — as Ebola-free.

    WHO director Rick Brennan, director emergency risk assessment and humanitarian response, said Thursday was "a good day, an important day" thanks to the announcement.

    Brennan noted a "general acknowledgment" that WHO was slow to react at the start of the outbreak, which has left some 11,000 people dead.