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Ebola Resources

Ebola virus strain

On January 14, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Liberia has been free of Ebola for 42 days, marking the end of the most recent outbreak in that West African nation.  Liberia is one of the three hardest hit West African countries (along with Guinea and Sierra Leone) in which the disease has been contained since the epidemic began in 2014.  The organization cautions that small-scale outbreaks are possible in these countries in the coming months, such as the case confirmed in Sierra Leone on January 15, 2016. For that reason, health officials will remain vigilant for signs of any recurrence in their communities.

As a result of the announcement by WHO, the CDC upgraded its outbreak distribution map to cite no widespread transmission of the Ebola virus.  For a listing of updates, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola outbreak distribution webpage.

The ADA monitors Ebola-related information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). The ADA is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information for dental professionals on this issue. Please visit this website often for updates.

Prepared by: Center for Science Information, ADA Science Institute

Last Updated: January 15, 2016