Friday, 03 July, 2020


10th Ebola Outbreak Ends as the 11th Ramps Up

World's second deadliest Ebola outbreak finally over, DRC declares Congo announces end to 2nd-largest Ebola outbreak on record
Patty Aguilar | 28 June, 2020, 23:11

After 23 months, the longest and deadliest Ebola outbreak to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo has officially ended, Congolese authorities have announced.

However, the country's health minister, Eteni Longondo while speaking at a virtual news conference noted that this has been the longest and most complex Ebola epidemic in the history of the country.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization regional director for Africa, said the announcement was made after no new cases were reported 42 days since the last survivor tested negative for the virus.

The deadliest outbreak on record was in West Africa between 2014 and 2016 with more than 11,000 deaths.

In a context of insecurity, the efforts to halt the 10th Ebola outbreak in the DRC were particularly challenging.

This outbreak saw 3,463 confirmed and probable cases and 2,277 deaths. This outbreak took so much from all of us, especially from the people of Flag of Congo - Kinshasa, but we came out of it with valuable lessons & tools: "a licensed vaccine, identified effective treatments", tweeted Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

"We should celebrate this moment, but we must resist complacency".

In a statement posted on its website, the United Nations health agency said the DRC Ministry of Health made the announcement after no new cases were reported 42 days since the last patient tested negative for the virus.

The WHO chief also cautioned vigilance, saying that "viruses do not take breaks". "Ultimately, the best defence against any outbreak is investing in a stronger health system as the foundation for universal health coverage".

As countries around the world face the COVID-19 pandemic, the DRC Ebola response provides valuable lessons. Some health workers, including WHO experts, paid the ultimate price and sacrificed their lives to the Ebola response.

On the other side of the country Ebola resurfaced in Equateur on 1 June and has so far killed 13 people and infected 24.

Vax-Before-Travel publishes Ebola outbreak news.

The ADF has been blamed for killing about 500 people since previous year in retaliation for an army crackdown on their bases in the forests around the Beni region.

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