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DR Congo declared Ebola free after a two-month outbreak this year

The Democratic Republic Congo this Saturday officially declared its two-month Ebola outbreak is over, after 42 days without recording a n...

The Democratic Republic Congo this Saturday officially declared its two-month Ebola outbreak is over, after 42 days without recording a new case of the disease, Africa new reports.

The recent outbreak was reported in Congo’s remote north-eastern forests, a record eighth for the country where the disease was first discovered in 1976.
It killed four out of the eight people infected, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement.

“I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,” Africa news quoted Ilunga.

Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but ultimately declined to deploy it due to the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges.

The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus (deadliest episode) in West Africa, which killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and caused alarm around the world.

Health officials say north-eastern Congo’s remote geography combined with the country’s experience fighting the disease allowed them to gain the upper hand quickly.

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