Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mali: Ebola Free!

Hey all!

Since we've been monitoring Ebola cases for the past few months, we've been looking for inflection points in the number of cases of Ebola. Many West African countries have been affected, particularly Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. While the numbers we have studied from the New York times have yet to demonstrate an inflection point for many of these countries, this data is interesting to track over time!

According to the WHO, an epidemic is declared to be over after 42 days without any cases. Mali has, as of today, been declared officially Ebola free. This is in contrast to the height of the epidemic in Mali, when there were 300 contact cases. However, there are still over 50 Ebola hotspots in the other countries in West Africa, so there is still much that needs to be done to contain the epidemic.

-- Nicole

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