The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Guinea free of Ebola, two years after the epidemic began there.

Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks.

The disease killed more than 2,500 people in the West African state and a further 9,000 in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola in November, but new cases have emerged in Liberia, which had been declared Ebola-free in September.

According to BBC News, the WHO in a statement, congratulated the Guinean government and people for showing “extraordinary leadership in fighting the epidemic”. But it noted that there had been 10 new small outbreaks of the virus between March and November.

The WHO says it will maintain surveillance and outbreak response teams in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia throughout 2016.

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