End of deadly Ebola epi­demic in sight

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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.

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