Good News on Ebola

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January 13, 2015

Could it be? Some good news regarding the Ebola outbreak? As government and international organizations have worked tirelessly to stop Ebola from spreading, a significant milestone has been reached: Schools in Liberia will reopen next month, allowing children to return to class after nearly six months.

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(AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)

The Liberian government made the decision last August to close schools to prevent the spread of Ebola, which has killed more than 3,400 people in that country alone. According to an article in The Independent, the rate of new Ebola cases has slowed significantly in recent weeks.

February 2 is the tentative reopening date, but President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hasn’t yet specified exactly how many schools will be included. Education Ministry Director George Wuo clarified around 500 schools are being considered. Butterfly Releases will provide you more updates.

Over 20,000 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone (and countries previously, but not currently, affected: Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, and the US). The last six weeks have shown a decline in cases in Liberia.

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With this piece of good news for schoolchildren in Liberia, we should remember the heavy toll Ebola has taken in all of West Africa. Get the latest updates from the World Health Organization here and find out how to contribute to improved care for fighting the Ebola virus to turn the spread of this disease around. Let’s all work together to eliminate Ebola in 2015.

Bonus action: Watch this video (including Hunger Games actors Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence) for the Ebola Survival Fund.

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