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A Glimmer of Hope: Congo Ebola Outbreak Officially Ends

Amid the global pandemic, the Democratic Republic of Congo has officially beaten its tenth Ebola Outbreak.

The announcement initially was set for April but another case emerged just three days before the Ebola-free declaration was expected. That restarted the 42-day waiting period required before such a proclamation can be made.

According to Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, who coordinated the national Ebola response and whose team also developed a new treatment for the once incurable hemorrhagic disease, “We are extremely proud to have been able to be victorious over an epidemic that lasted such a long time.”

The tenth Ebola outbreak in The Democratic Republic of Congo has ended after two years and the 2,300 deaths in the country’s east, the Head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced Thursday, June 25. 

“Today is a joyous occasion. I’m delighted to celebrate the end of the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. … The Ebola response was a victory for science. The rapid rollout of a highly effective vaccine saved lives and slowed the spread of Ebola. For the first time, the world now has a licensed Ebola vaccine and effective treatments were identified that dramatically lower death rates when patients are treated early.”

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, noted that as this epidemic has ended, the coronavirus pandemic is growing in Africa. Congo has more than 6,000 coronavirus cases. The continent’s coronavirus epicenter, South Africa, this week surged past 100,000 cases.

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