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Liberia is dealing with just five remaining cases of Ebola, the United Nations World Health Organization announced on Saturday — the clearest sign yet of the world’s success in halting the tidal wave of infections in Africa.

The West African nation, once the epicenter of the deadly epidemic, along with its neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone, recorded almost 9,000 deaths from the virus in one year. Guinea and Sierra Leone have also recorded declines in the number of infected.

“A massive international response — including the deployment of hundreds of U.S. troops to build treatment centers — plus a public awareness campaign, contributed to a steep decline in infection rates,” reports Reuters.

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Story tip from Charles Madueke

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