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Ebola: Guinea's last known Ebola patient tests negative
The final Ebola patient in Guinea, 21-day-old Nubia has been discharged from care after recovering from the illness.
"Nubia is a 21-day-old baby girl whose mother was infected by the Ebola virus and died on 27 October in Conakry,” says Laurence Sailly, emergency coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Guinea.
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“Nubia has responded well to the treatment she received at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Conakry."
"We are pleased that she has tested negative, but as she is the first infected baby to have recovered, she will continue to receive specialised medical support before going back home."
The country has begun a 42-day countdown after which the epidemic will be declared officially over, provided that no new cases are reported between now and then.
Nubia's family is from Guinea's Forecariah prefecture, near the border with Sierra Leone, the last Ebola-affected area in the country.
The current Ebola epidemic is the worst ever outbreak of the viral haemorrhagic fever, which first surfaced in 1976 in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), the epidemic has left 11,300 dead, mainly in the west African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, out of almost 29,000 cases in total.
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