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DR Congo Declared Ebola-Free After 33 Deaths In 10 Weeks

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DR Congo Declared Ebola-Free After 33 Deaths In 10 Weeks

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday officially declared that the country has defeated Ebola after 10-week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives.

“After an observation period of 42 days during which no new confirmed cases have been observed, and in conformity with international health regulations, I declare today, July 24 2018, that the epidemic of Ebola virus disease in  province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has come to an end,” Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement.

The recent outbreak which is the ninth in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1976 began in the remote northwestern area of Bikoro, where the first cases were recorded on May 8th 2018.

 

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