14th DRC Ebola Outbreak Declared Officially Over

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) 14th Ebola outbreak has officially ended.

The Ebola outbreak that started in Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur Province in Northern DRC, less than three months ago has been officially proclaimed to be over by the DRC and WHO. The recent outbreak was the province’s third epidemic since 2018 and the 14th nationwide.

According to the WHO, there were a total of four confirmed cases and one probable case during the outbreak, all of which resulted in death.

“Thanks to the robust response by the national authorities, this outbreak has been brought to an end swiftly with limited transmission of the virus,” said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.

The WHO reported that A total of 2,104 individuals, including 302 contacts and 1,307 frontline workers received vaccinations during the recently eradicated outbreak which began on April 23.

WHO officials confirmed that although the outbreak in Mbandaka is officially over, DRC health officials are still keeping an eye on the situation and are prepared to act promptly if sporadic cases follow.

“We need to be ever more vigilant to ensure we catch cases quickly. This outbreak response shows that by bolstering preparedness, disease surveillance, and swift detection, we can stay a step ahead,” expressed Moeti.

The Ebola virus affects both humans and other primates. Data from WHO revealed that in previous Ebola epidemics, case fatality rates ranged from 25 to 90 percent.

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