WORLD-Democratic Republic of Congo says its Ebola outbreak is over

A three-month Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has ended after claiming at least 49 lives.

Health workers are trained in managing Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Health workers are trained in managing Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The country’s Health Minister Felix Kabange said no new cases had been registered since 4 October, though he warned against complacency.

The country’s outbreak is unrelated to the one in West Africa which has claimed more than 5,000 lives.

Ebola was first detected in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Saturday’s announcement came 42 days after the last new Ebola case in the country.

Ebola outbreaks are usually declared over when two full cycles of the virus’ 21 day incubation period finish without further infections.

The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which began in August, had a high fatality rate at 74 per cent.

While the epidemic involved a separate strain of Ebola to the one devastating West Africa, Mr Kabange said that his country “remains threatened by the possible import of the Ebola virus disease” from the region.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst on record. The World Health Organization says 5,160 people have been killed and more than 14,000 have been infected. (BBC)

One Response to WORLD-Democratic Republic of Congo says its Ebola outbreak is over

  1. Michael Bait Williams
    Michael Bait Williams November 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Great news

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