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The Western African Ebola virus epidemic (2013–2016) was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history—causing major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the region, mainly in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The first cases were recorded in Guinea in December 2013; later, the disease spread to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone,   with minor outbreaks occurring elsewhere. It caused significant mortality, with the case fatality rate reported which was initially considerable,         while the rate among hospitalized patients was 57–59%,   the final numbers 28,616 people, including 11,310 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 40%.  <sup>*</sup> Small outbreaks occurred in Nigeria and Mali,    <sup>*</sup> and isolated cases were recorded in Senegal,   the United Kingdom and Italy.     In addition, imported cases led to secondary infection of medical workers in the United States and Spain but did not spread further.  <sup>*</sup>   The number of cases peaked in October 2014 and then began to decline gradually, following the commitment of substantial international resources.   As of 8 May 2016  , the World Health Organization (WHO) and respective governments reported a total of   28,616   suspected cases and   11,310   deaths       (39.5%), though the WHO believes that this substantially understates the magnitude of the outbreak.    <sup>*</sup>  On 8 August 2014, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern was declared   and on 29 March 2016, the WHO terminated the Public Health Emergency of International Concern status of the outbreak.       Subsequent flare-ups occurred; the last was declared over on 9 June 2016, 42 days after the last case tested negative on 28 April 2016 in Monrovia.    The outbreak left about 17,000 survivors of the disease, many of whom report post-recovery symptoms termed post-Ebola syndrome, often severe enough to require medical care for months or even years. An additional cause for concern is the apparent ability of the virus to "hide" in a recovered survivor's body for an extended period of time and then become active months or years later, either in the same individual or in a sexual partner.  <sup>*</sup> In December 2016, the WHO announced that a two-year trial of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine appeared to offer protection from the variant of EBOV responsible for the Western Africa outbreak. The vaccine has not yet been given regulatory approval, but it is considered to be effective and is the only  prophylactic which offers protection hence 300,000 doses have been stockpiled.    <sup>*</sup>
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