Congo now Ebola-free says Minister

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 3, 2017

Democratic Republic of Congo declared its two-month Ebola outbreak officially over on Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the disease.

Officials announced the outbreak in May, saying it began in Bas-Uele province in Congo's remote northeast in the Likati zone, some 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) from the capital, Kinshasa. CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners supported the DRC Ministry of Public Health in all aspects of the response, including epidemiological investigation, surveillance, logistics and supplies, communication, and community engagement.

Almost 600 people who had close contacts with affected individuals were registered and monitored closely for the duration of the outbreak, according to WHO. During trials of the vaccine conducted in Guinea, thousands of people tested were all confirmed as virus-free within 10 days. DR Congo escaped with relatively few deaths in 2014: Among the more than 11,000 deaths across West Africa, DR Congo recorded a total of 49 deaths that year.

At least four people died, and more that 580 were registered and closely monitored after having come into contact with the virus, the United Nations agency reported. For its part, DR Congo's government says it will "now focus all our efforts on strengthening the health system in Bas-Uélé province, which has been stressed by the outbreak".

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