The worst and the best of the recent Ebola outbreak have come to an end, with authorities in Sierra Leone and Guinea declaring a public health emergency.
As of this writing, the death toll from the virus is at least 5,837, with more than 1,500 confirmed cases.
The worst and best of Ebola outbreaks are: -February, 2015: 5,923 deaths in Guinea and Sierra LeoneThe first and second-worst outbreaks were in Guinea in December and February, respectively.
The third-worst outbreak took place in February 2016, when 2,937 deaths were recorded.
-November, 2015 : 5,099 deaths in Sierra Leon and LiberiaThe third and fourth-worst Ebola outbreaks were the worst in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leon in November and December.
In December, 4,935 deaths were reported, and in February, 6,624.
In March, 7,742 deaths were registered.
-February 19, 2016 : 6,823 deaths (estimate) in GuineaThe worst Ebola outbreak was in Guinea from February 19 to March 10, 2016, with an estimated death toll of 5,739.
The best Ebola outbreak took the place of a third worst, with the deaths of 7,038 reported, followed by 5,078 in April and 5,008 in May.
The total number of confirmed cases, deaths and probable deaths in West Africa was reported at 1,892,836.
This was a decline of 2,056 per cent from December’s figure of 1,966,664.
The deaths were highest in Guinea at 1.8 per cent, followed closely by Liberia at 1 per cent and Sierra Leonese at 1 in 100.
In the north, the deaths were higher in the capital Conakry at 3 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared to 2.5 per cent the previous month.
In Sierra Leone, the total number fell from 2.9 per cent of the previous year to 1.7 per cent this month.
The number of probable deaths fell from 7.9 to 5.9.
In Liberia, the number fell to 6.4 per cent.