The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared that the 11th Ebola outbreak is now over.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared the that 11th Ebola outbreak is now over.
The country’s health minister Dr. Eteni Longondo, along with the World Health Organization, declared the end of the outbreak.
“I am happy to solemnly declare the end of the 11th epidemic of the Ebola virus in Equateur province, ” the health minister said.
This, after the first cases were reported in June at the Equateur Province. There was a total of 119 confirmed cases, 55 deaths and 75 people who had recovered from the virus.
The World Health Organization congratulated the country for being able to mobilize health workers and responders quickly for vaccination, just four days after the start of the outbreak. The organization reported that more than 40,000 people at high risk have been vaccinated.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said, “Overcoming one of the world’s most dangerous pathogens in remote and hard to access communities demonstrates what is possible when science and solidarity come together.”
WHO urges for continued vigilance as flare-ups could be possible in the following months.
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