End of deadly Ebola epidemic in sight
BENI: The countdown has begun towards the declaration of the end of the world’s second-deadliest Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This follows the release of the last Ebola patient from a treatment centre in the north-eastern town of Beni. The end of the outbreak can only be ascertained when no infections arise 42 days after the last reported case has tested negative.
Thus the countdown is effective from Monday this week.
“I applaud the tireless efforts that have been made to respond to this outbreak. I’m truly encouraged by the news that the last Ebola patient has left the treatment centre healthy,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) director for Africa.
She nonetheless urged for vigilance in the coming weeks and beyond. Although the patient has been allowed to leave, 46 people who came in contact with her were still being monitored.