Relatives weep as they bury a family member at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)
The Ebola news out of West Africa is bittersweet.
While infections are down, and one of the most affected countries has reported no new cases since last week, the World Health Organization said Thursday that the cumulative death toll of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has surpassed 10,000. More pics after cut....
In some parts of the region, though, there has been cause for celebration: The worst might well be behind them. Liberia says that its last Ebola patients left the hospital on March 5.
Yet, there is still grief over the tremendous — and in some cases, ongoing — loss.
The grim milestone was announced by the WHO as health officials in Ebola-ravaged Liberia began hauling massive barrels of ashes out of the facility where many of the country’s 4,241 Ebola dead had been cremated.
Officials in Sierra Leone fear that complacency over the waning of the outbreak led to a resurgence of infections. And in Guinea, where the outbreak began, new infections continue to be reported, according to the WHO.
This is how it looks in a region that is coping with grief and fighting to recover.
Health workers carry the body of a suspected Ebola victim at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, on March 11. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)
In this photo taken on Feb. 26, a boy listens to school classes broadcast over the radio in Freetown. Schools across Sierra Leone have been closed for months in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola. (Michael Duff/AP)
“I am one of the happiest human beings today on Earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,” Ebola survivor Beatrice Yardolo said March 5, as she left a treatment center on the outskirts of Monrovia. Yardolo was the last known Ebola patient in Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)
Members of the Guinean Red Cross carry the body of an Ebola victim on March 8 in Conakry. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)
A March 10 briefing in Conakry, Guinea, during the first clinical trials of the VSV-EBOV vaccine. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)
Ebola survivor Stanley Juah, who lost four relatives to the virus, weeps at his son’s grave in Suakoko, Liberia, on March 11. (James Giahyue/Reuters)
Men take part in a traditional ceremony for Ebola victims at a crematorium on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, on March 7. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)
Health workers move drums filled with the cremated remains of Ebola victims on March 7 in Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)
A man consoles his weeping daughters as they arrive at a cemetery in Suakoko, Liberia, on March 11. (James Giahyue/Reuters)
In this photo taken Feb. 27, near the village of Gbah on the outskirts of Monrovia, health workers carry the remains of a child who they suspect died from Ebola. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)