Sierra Leone releases last Ebola case Adama Sankoh

National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) says Sierra Leone has not reported new case of infection

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Adama Sankoh, 40, centre, who contracted Ebola after her son died from the disease late last month stands with health officials the moment after she was discharge from Mateneh Ebola treatment center outskirt of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Monday, Aug. 2015

Adama Sankoh, the 35-year-old who was the last Ebola patient in Sierra Leone was released from a health office in the northern Bombali district on Monday morning.

"It was like she was a rock star. There were at least 100 people there — politicians, press, everyone wanting a photograph of her," said a reporter for the International Medical Corps (IMC) in Makeni.

To declare Sierra Leone officially Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation, there’s a 42-day wait without a new case of the disease appearing. 

The world's worst known Ebola epidemic has plagued West Africa for more than 18 months. The virus has affected more than 28,000 people and killed 4,000.

The first Ebola case occured in May 2014 in Sierra Leone. Liberia, a neighbouring country, has suffered the most fatalities.

TRTWorld and agencies