As we approach the holiday season, a marked decline in Ebola cases gives cause to celebrate.

The 2014/15 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa is the largest since the virus was discovered in 1976 . In our own province, the healthcare community came together to establish resources and an Ebola preparedness plan. Gratefully, to date, Ebola is not a significant concern for us in B.C.

Since the outbreak, there has been 11,300 confirmed deaths due to EVD worldwide. In spite of these statistics, as 2015 comes to a close there is good reason to celebrate. And what better time, as we approach the holiday season.

On Nov. 2, Sierra Leone, one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic, was declared free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population . To reach this milestone a country must go 42 days, or two 21 incubation periods, without an Ebola case. While Sierra Leone remains under close surveillance, this video by Social Mobilisation Action Consortium (SMAC) Sierra Leone is a heartwarming celebration of the milestone, and features those that help treat the disease and those that survive it. Congratulations to the people of Sierra Leone.

Bye Bye Ebola by SMAC Sierra Leone on Youtube.

More and more, healthcare and effective regulation calls on us to be thinking of our global neighbours. This story is great reminder of that, and how much we have to be grateful for here at home.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.