Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Outbreak Ends in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Outbreak Ends in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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WHO declared the end of a recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last month.

The announcement came 42 days --two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus--after the last confirmed Ebola patient tested negative for the disease for the second time.

WHO said that enhanced surveillance for possible further Ebola cases will continue, while preparedness and readiness for further Ebola outbreaks will continue to be strengthened in the central African country.

"With the end of this epidemic, DRC has once again proved to the world that we can control the very deadly Ebola virus if we respond early in a coordinated and efficient way," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, who took office last month.

Four people died and four others survived the disease. Five of these eight cases were laboratory confirmed. A total of 583 people, who had been in contact with these eight people, were registered and closely monitored, but none developed signs or symptoms of the disease.

The Ministry of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified WHO of a cluster of illnesses and deaths with haemorrhagic symptoms in people living in the Likati Health Zone in May, from whom one blood sample tested positive for Ebola. …

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