Congo : end of Ebola outbreak

Ebola is believed to have a natural reservoir in species of tropical bats. Leading research on how the virus leaps from bats to humans is being carried out at the France ville International Centre of Medical Research in Gabon. © RR

Casablanca (ADV) – DR Congo on Tuesday officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, bringing the curtain down on a 10 week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives.

“After an observation period of 42 days during which no new confirmed cases have been observed, and in conformity with international health regulations, I declare today, July 24 2018, that the epidemic of Ebola virus disease in province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has come to an end,” Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement.

The outbreak, the ninth in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1976, began in the remote northwestern area of Bikoro, where the first cases were recorded on May 8.

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