DR Congo : African Union satisfied with the end of latest Ebola outbreak

The African Union asserts its presence in DR Congo. © RR

Casablanca (ADV) – The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Thursday welcomed the official announcement by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the end of the Ebola virus outbreak in the country.

The Ministry of Health of the DRC declared the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur province on July 24, after sustained national-led efforts to contain it within the affected areas, said an AU statement.

It was on May 8 that the Ministry of Health of the DRC declared a new outbreak of the EVD in the Bikoro health zone, which was the 9th outbreak of EVD over the past four decades in the country.

The outbreak spread across three health zones, namely Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata in the Equateur Province, resulting in a total of 54 confirmed cases, with 33 EVD-related deaths.

The last case that tested negative was 42 days ago, said the AU statement, this, as per the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and International Health Regulations, marks the end of the outbreak.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission has commended the Congolese government for its swift and effective response since the outbreak was declared on 8 May 2018 in the province of Equateur, according the statement.

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