Several days ago I wrote an article on the outbreaks of Ebola. Today I want to provide an update on the current crisis. In the middle of the panic related to the spread of the virus, I want to share with you as an infectious disease specialist some encouraging news that call us to peace without yet claiming victory.
About a month and a half ago, a patient with Ebola coming from Guinea entered the country of Senegal. Known methods of infection control isolation were put in place, and 42 days later (double the amount of time needed for the incubation period), Senegal has not seen a single case of Ebola after this first patient. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Senegal free from Ebola. Continue reading →