The Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday declared the end of the country’s latest Ebola epidemic after the outbreak killed 55 people over the past five months.
“I am happy to solemnly declare the end of the 11th epidemic of the Ebola virus in Equateur province” in the vast country’s northwest, Health Minister Eteni Longondo told journalists.
The World Health Organization said the latest outbreak had killed 55 people among 119 confirmed and 11 probable cases since it began in June.
The outbreak was “the longest, most complex and deadliest” in the 60-year history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Health Minister Eteni Longondo said.
It has only been surpassed by the 2013-16 Ebola epidemic in West Africa that killed 11,300 people.
DR CONGO declares end to latest Ebola epidemic that killed 55 people, this comes 50 days after the last case was reported.https://t.co/Xo1AfUQInv
— Nation Breaking News (@NationBreaking) November 18, 2020
À #Kinshasa, en ce moment même, le @MinSanteRDC, Dr Eteni Longondo a déclaré officiellement ce 18 novembre 2020 la fin de la 11ème épidémie de maladie à virus #Ebola dans l'Équateur, #RDC. pic.twitter.com/4IktlMO1dA
— OMS RDC (@OMSRDCONGO) November 18, 2020