- ‘Ebola Free’ as a term has occurred in the media alongside WHO’s declaration to mark end of Ebola transmission 42 days after last human case tests negative for Ebola Virus in affected countries.
- Ebola Free status is achieved ONLY when there is assurance of safe containment of the Ebola Virus in laboratories.
- Given that the virus is Zoonotic (i.e. can be found in some animals e.g. bats), and its persistence in survivors tissues for a period of time (up to 9 months*) post treatment, use of the term EBOLA-FREE is INAPPROPRIATE as used in 1. above.
- Preferred terms are:a. STOPPAGE OF HUMAN TO HUMAN TRANSMISSION OF EBOLA, or
b. STOPPAGE OF TRANSMISSION IN HUMAN POPULATION, or
c. FREE OF EBOLA TRANSMISSION IN HUMAN POPULATION
- This is in anticipation of Guinea’s successful stoppage of transmission of Ebola Virus in human population in that country by 28th December, 2015.
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