June 25 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the largest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and second largest in the world.
The outbreak started in North Kivu on 1 August 2018. It was the 10th outbreak since1976, when the virus causing sudden fever, intense weakness and muscle pain was first discovered. Out of 3458 cases registered during the outbreak in eastern DR Congo, there were 2287 deaths and 1171 survivors.
As there were no new cases reported since 27 April, the country has been declared free of the 10th Ebola outbreak. It took the DRC government and its partners 22-month to tackle the outbreak. Over 303 000 people were vaccinated with the highly effective rVSV-ZEBOV-GP vaccine. Another important step was to provide care for all survivors after the recovery.
DR Congo still has to fight the 11th Ebola outbreak in the north-west of the country. On June 1 the officials announced another outbreak in Mbandaka, that has already taken 13 lives. The genetic analysis has established that it is a different strain of the virus. However according to the WHO, the country’s 11th outbreak is almost under control.