The West African nation Guinea was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died. A country is declared Ebola-free 42 days after the recovery or death of the final patient and if there are no new infections.
The virus not only caused death but also affected economy, estranged survivors and orphaned about 6,200 children in Guinea, said Rene Migliani, an official at the national coordination centre for the fight against Ebola.
There were more than 3,800 Ebola cases in Guinea out of more than 28,600 cases globally with 11,300 deaths, according to figures from the WHO. Almost all the cases and deaths were in Guinea and its neighbours Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Liberia has lost more than 4,800 people to the fever and it may be declared virus-free in January.