Health Editor’s Note: During this COVID-19 pandemic it is easy to have lost sight of the clear fact that the DRC was fighting another medical war, the war against its 11th bout with ebola. Some good news as we hear that there have been no further confirmed cases of ebola for 42 days…..Carol
by Jesse Yeung/CNN
(CNN)The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officially declared the end of its 11th Ebola outbreak Wednesday, six months after the first cases of the deadly virus were reported.
“It wasn’t easy, but we’ve done it!” tweeted Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa. The WHO made the announcement alongside DRC Minister of Health, Eteni Longondo.
It had been 42 days since the last confirmed case tested negative, according to the WHO. No new confirmed cases have been reported since September 28.
The outbreak began on June 1 in the country’s western Equateur Province, just as another outbreak was winding down in the country’s east. The eastern outbreak was the world’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, and was officially declared over on June 25 — but the one in Equateur was just beginning.