End of the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced the end of the Ebola epidemic detected last May after spending 42 regulatory days without new infections

End of the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A photograph provided by UNICEF of a health worker from Bikoro Hospital where patients suspected of Ebola are treated. EFE / Mark Naftalin / Unicef ​​Handout

“After an observation period of 42 days without any confirmed new registered cases, and according to international health regulations, I declare as of today, July 24, 2018, the end of the Ebola epidemic in the province of Ecuador,” he announced. the Congolese Minister of Health, Oly Ilunga.

Since it was declared on May 8, a total of 38 confirmed cases were registered, with 17 deaths.

In addition, the ministry said that in this period have been counted 54 total cases (the 38 confirmed and other 16 probable), of which 33 have died (although only 17 of them have tested positive for Ebola so far) and 21 have survived .

This outbreak of Ebola, originally detected in the rural areas of Bikoro and Iboko and that later reached an area of ​​the urban area of ​​Mbandaka, is the ninth that hits the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the virus was discovered in 1976 in this country. , called Zaire then.

And it is the first time that the rVSV-ZEBOV experimental vaccine, already tested in Guinea Conakri after the 2014-2016 epidemic, has been used since the beginning of the epidemic.

“Although the scale of the crisis we have faced was unprecedented, the speed and effectiveness of the response put in place by the Government and its partners have been exceptional,” the minister said.

For the first time in the world, 3,300 people have been vaccinated against Ebola to break the chain of contagion, the ministry said.

The World Health Organization (WHO), one of the international agencies that have supported the containment of the epidemic, today congratulated the country for its response and asked that this success be extended to the fight against other diseases in the DRC.

“The outbreak has been contained thanks to the tireless efforts of the local teams, the support of the partners, the generosity of the donors and the effective leadership of the Ministry of Health,” said the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it’s a statement.

The disease, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood and bodily fluids of infected people or animals, causes severe bleeding and can have a 90% mortality rate.

The first symptoms are sudden and high fever, intense weakness and muscle, head and throat pain, as well as vomiting.

The worst known Ebola epidemic was declared in March 2014, with the first cases going back to December 2013 in Guinea Conakry, from where it expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The WHO marked the end of the epidemic in January 2016, after registering 11,300 deaths and more than 28,500 cases, although the UN agency has admitted that these figures can be conservative.

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