By Yara Del Rio-Dominguez |Staff Writer|
Nigeria was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to WHO, “In order to declare an Ebola outbreak over, a country must pass 42 days with active surveillance in place, and with no new cases detected.”
“This is a spectacular success story that shows Ebola can be contained,” said WHO.
Some citizens of Nigeria were infected with the virus in July by a sick air traveler.
The country of Nigeria reacted by isolating and treating those who had been infected or had come in contact with someone who had contracted the virus and then physically monitored them for 21 days.
Although Nigeria did not place a travel ban, they still became restrictive of all air travel. Air traveling to any surrounding infected countries was simply suspended.
“The U.S. should have temporarily restricted air flights coming in from any of the Ebola affected regions,” said student Josh Lingurar.
Andrew Freedman reporter for Mashable concludes, “The CDC is currently examining Nigeria’s response to the Ebola outbreak to see if its efforts could be repeated elsewhere.”