Ebola: Twelfth Outbreak In DRC Officially… OVER!

This is extremely good news, and the speed of the arrest is in no small part due to excellent on the ground work by local teams, coupled to a readily available vaccine supply.

We will need to wait a few more weeks before Guinea may be declared Ebola-free, but DRC ended the outbreak with only six deaths (and six recoveries) — in a much more attenuated outbreak, than the last several. Here is the latest, from ReliefWeb, reporting in country:

. . .Today marks the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu. The Ebola outbreak that re-emerged in February came nine months after another outbreak in the same province was declared over.

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health authorities and the heath workers on the ground for their swift response which built on the country’s previous experience in tackling Ebola outbreaks. This outbreak is the country’s fourth in less than three years. . . .

Huge credit must be given to the local health workers and the national authorities for their prompt response, tenacity, experience and hard work that brought this outbreak under control,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Direct for Africa. “Although the outbreak has ended, we must stay alert for possible resurgence and at the same time use the growing expertise on emergency response to address other health threats the country faces. . . .”

Now you know — smiling widely at tomorrow’s coming — four years on: “away put your weapons. . . .”

नमस्ते

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