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Ebola Outbreak Declared Over in the DRC

May 3, 2021 • 7:34 am CDT
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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced 'Today marks the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), just three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu.

This Ebola outbreak re-emerged in February 2021, came nine months after the 11th outbreak in the same province was declared over.

Eleven confirmed cases and one probable case, six deaths, and six recoveries were recorded in four health zones in North Kivu since 7 February when the Ministry of Health announced the resurgence of Ebola in Butembo, a city in North Kivu Province and one of the hotspots of the 2018–2020 outbreak.

This Ebola outbreak is the DRC's fourth in less than three years.

The 2018–2020 Ebola outbreak was the 10th in the DRC and the country’s deadliest, with 3,481 cases, 2,299 deaths, and 1,162 survivors. The country also experienced its 11th outbreak, which took place in Equateur Province last year.

Results from genome sequencing conducted by the DRC’s National Institute of Biomedical Research found that the first Ebola case detected in the outbreak was linked to the previous outbreak. Still, the source of infection is yet to be determined.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Direct for Africa, commented in a WHO press statement, “Although the outbreak has ended, we must stay alert for possible resurgence and at the same time use the growing expertise on emergency response to address other health threats the country faces.”

Currently, there is an ongoing Ebola outbreak in Guinea, which began in February 2021.

There are Approved and experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments listed on this webpage.

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