DR Congo declares Ebola outbreak is officially over

According to the WHO, the Ebola outbreak in Congo has been contained and closed thanks to a major response from the government.

The outbreak which killed over 11,000 people in West Africa three years ago has been effectively contained by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo with help from a determined international community.

In the Ebola outbreak that began in Congo in early May, there were 53 cases and 29 deaths. Although Congo has contained and closed down eight Ebola outbreaks in the last four decades, this one was more dangerous, having appeared on the Congo River, the main arterial transport route through the country.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, praised the government’s response and the international support. “The outbreak was contained due to the tireless efforts of local teams, the support of partners, the generosity of donors, and the effective leadership of the ministry of health. That kind of leadership, allied with strong collaboration between partners, saves lives,” he said.

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