The virus is spread through direct unprotected contact with blood or secretions of an infected person; or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Fatality rates exceed 70% and some strains of Ebola have been known to cause a 90% fatality rate.On 10 May 2015, Liberia was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization. Caution should still be taken, however, as the virus could easily resurface at a future point.
Liberia is a country with historical ties to the United States. It was founded by freed black slaves during the pre-Civil War antebellum era of the nineteenth century. The capital, Monrovia, was named after James Monroe. Liberia's flag closely resembles the American flag, reflecting the historical ties of Liberia to the United States.