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Liberia government holds celebration to mark Ebola's end after WHO declaration

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MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberians gathered in the streets of the capital on Monday to celebrate the end of the Ebola epidemic in this West African country.

The festivities come after the World Health Organization declared over the weekend that Liberia was finally Ebola-free.

More than 4,700 people died during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the outbreak. Ebola continues to claim victims in Sierra Leone and Guinea, where health officials have had difficulty tracing new cases.

PHOTO: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, right, speak to a nurse as they celebrate being an Ebola-free nation, in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Liberia is now free of Ebola after going 42 days — twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease — without any new cases, the World Health Organization announced on Saturday.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, right, speak to a nurse as they celebrate being an Ebola-free nation, in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Liberia is now free of Ebola after going 42 days — twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease — without any new cases, the World Health Organization announced on Saturday.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf closed the celebrations by recommitting herself to helping the governments and people of Sierra Leone and Guinea to overcome the disease.

The effort to achieve that has already started. "We are going to intensify that effort because we know that until they are free, totally free, we are not free," she said.

The president of Togo along with guests from the African Union, Ghana and Nigeria also attended the Liberian event.

Liberia's Chief Justice Francis Korkpor called the Ebola crisis "an unprovoked attack on our nation that posed a serious threat to the survival of our existence."

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PHOTO: People display a representation of the Liberian flag as they celebrate Liberia being an Ebola free nation in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, May 11, 2015. Liberians are gathering in the streets of the capital to celebrate the end of the Ebola epidemic in this West African country. Monday's festivities come after the World Health Organization declared over the weekend that Liberia was finally Ebola-free. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)
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