DR Congo well being officers mentioned Monday they had been “keeping fingers crossed” to declare the tip of the devastating 19-month epidemic subsequent month.
Whereas the world’s consideration has been centered on the coronavirus, the final affected person below therapy for Ebola within the Democratic Republic of Congo was discharged on Tuesday.
If no extra instances are recognized, the epidemic will formally finish on April 12, or 42 days from the date of the final confirmed affected person’s second unfavourable take a look at.
“Today, March 9 is the 21st day without any new confirmed case,” mentioned Jean-Jacques Muyembe, who’s answerable for the Ebola battle.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed that until then, there are no incidents,” he advised a information convention.
“The greatest challenge for us today is to follow up on survivors because some continue to secrete the virus in their seminal fluids,” he mentioned, including that they had been being handled to keep away from infecting their companions.
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DR Congo’s most up-to-date Ebola outbreak was first recognized in August 2018, and WHO declared it a “public health emergency of international concern” final July.
It has killed 2,264 folks in DR Congo within the huge central African nation’s 10th Ebola epidemic since 1976.
It’s the second-most lethal Ebola epidemic in historical past after an outbreak that killed greater than 11,00zero folks in West Africa from 2013 to 2016.
Since that point, the well being authorities have gained a extra highly effective weapon towards the illness: vaccination. Almost 320,00 folks have been vaccinated to date in DR Congo.