DRC : Ebola outbreak over in less than three months

Less than three months after recording the first case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Health Ministry declares the outbreak over. ©Photo: RR

Casablanca, (ADV) – The Health Ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared the outbreak over, less than three months after the first Ebola case was recorded in the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) along with Doctors Without Borders and the Congolese government has made a tremendous progress in less than three months in the battle against Ebola. Three months ago, hardly anyone would have made the bet that the end of the disease would happen in such a short period of time.

“With the swift reaction from the government and the involvement of the population we were able to bring the situation under control within seven weeks,” DRC’s health minister Illungo declared.

The first case of Ebola was recorded in the north-west of the country in April. Since then, the authorities recorded 53 confirmed and possible cases of Ebola, 29 of which were fatal. This outbreak was the ninth in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the virus was discovered in 1976.

Bur-csa – OumaimaDerfoufi – ADV with agencies