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How much did Ebola cost Sierra Leone?

By Peter Guest, for CNN

(CNN)Sierra Leone is Ebola-free. Emergency measures have ended, and the country erupted into celebrations last weekend, with people gathering en masse in the streets of Freetown for the first time in almost 18 months.

The country marked '0+42' -- 42 days without a new case of the disease -- on Saturday November 7, the threshold at which the World Health Organization declares the outbreak over. There will now be a further 90 days of 'enhanced surveillance' before the response fully draws down, and the government can throw its resources behind rebuilding a battered economy.