The Democratic Republic of Congo today announced the top of an Ebola outbreak within the country that had killed 55 people since the primary cases emerged in June.
The outbreak, which infected a minimum of 130 people, came even as a separate two-year Ebola epidemic which had killed quite 2,000 people was delivered to an end within the east of the country.
The African country has also seen quite 11,000 cases of coronavirus and 320 deaths within the pandemic, but the health minister today declared the Ebola outbreak over.
‘A heartfelt many thanks to everyone who tirelessly tracked down cases, provided treatment and vaccinated people in often remote communities tucked away in dense rain forests,’ the WHO’s Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said today.
Congo has suffered 11 Ebola outbreaks, quite double the other country, and its equatorial forests are a natural reservoir for the virus.
The virus, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and is spread through contact with bodily fluids, was first discovered near Congo’s Ebola River in 1976.
The latest outbreak within the west of the country began in June, prompting the WHO to send a team of doctors with quite 3,500 doses of the Ebola vaccine.
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