On Monday, the last known Ebola patient in Sierra Leone walked out of the Mateneh Ebola treatment center. According to news reports, Adama Sankoh was met with a festive ceremony upon exiting the Freetown, Sierra Leone, clinic as a healthy, Ebola-free woman. Her discharge from the facility marks the beginning of the West African nation’s 42-day countdown and waiting period for any new cases of Ebola.
Nearly one year after Ebola began to surge in West Africa, work continues on the ground to contain remaining cases and prevent the disease's return. With generous support from donors, the CDC Foundation was able to fund call centers in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Did you know that an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them? This public health issue is the focus of the latest Vital Signs report from CDC, which includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and C. difficile without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.