DRC de­clares Ebola out­break over

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The Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo (DRC) de­clared its two-month Ebola out­break of­fi­cially over yes­ter­day af­ter 42 days with­out record­ing a new case of the dis­ease.

The out­break in the DRC’s re­mote north­east­ern forests, a record eighth for the coun­try where the dis­ease was first dis­cov­ered in 1976, killed four out of the eight peo­ple in­fected, Health Min­is­ter Oly Ilunga said.

“I de­clare on this day, at mid­night, the end of the out­break of the haem­or­rhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,” Ilunga said.

DRC health author­i­ties ap­proved the use of a new ex­per­i­men­tal vaccine but ul­ti­mately de­clined to de­ploy it due to the small scale of the out­break and lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges.

Health of­fi­cials say north­east­ern DRC’s re­mote ge­og­ra­phy, com­bined with the coun­try’s ex­pe­ri­ence fight­ing the dis­ease, al­lowed them to gain the up­per hand quickly.

The lat­est out­break came a year af­ter the end of the virus’ dead­li­est episode in west Africa, which killed more than 11 300 peo­ple and in­fected about 28 600 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, caus­ing alarm across the world.

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