DRC declares itself Ebola free after its resurgence

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that infected 12 people killing 6 in the eastern province of North Kivu.

Health minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani hailed the efforts of health workers to declare the end of the virus.

He however added that the response was not as rapid and effective due to security context halted by the covid-19 pandemic but the government coined the matter to achieve results in less than three months.

The vaccination campaign started in the first half of this year after the new cases detected predicted the emergence of more cases could complicate efforts to eradicate , which has infected 23,600 people and killed 681 in Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Meanwhile The International Medical Charity Doctors Without Borders adds the outbreak was contained using Merck’s Ebola vaccine, which was given to more than 1,600 of the patients’ contacts.

The cases genetically linked to the 2018-20 Ebola epidemic killed more than 2,200 people recording the second-highest toll in the disease’s history.

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