esquire.com – “Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.”
—Albert Camus, The Plague
There was some undeniably good news on Tuesday. The World Health Organization declared that the Ebola outbreak that killed 2,500 people in the West African country of Guinea was over.
Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks… A country is considered free of human-to-human transmission once two 21-day incubation periods have passed since the last known case tested negative for a second time. “It’s the best year-end present that God could give to Guinea, and the best news that Guineans could hope for,” Ebola survivor Alama Kambou Dore told AFP news agency. Local health workers echoed a warning from the WHO that vigilance was still vital despite the mood of celebration. “We have to be very careful, because even if open transmission has been stopped, the disease has not been totally defeated,” said Alpha Seny Souhmah, a Guinean health worker and Ebola survivor.
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