DRC Confirms End Of Ebola Outbreak; WHO Calls For Sustained Vigilance

Associated Press: Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak
“Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is over, the health ministry announced Tuesday, after a speedy response to limit its spread in remote rural areas and a city of more than one million people. Health experts said the use of a still-experimental vaccine on more than 3,300 people was a major factor in containing the outbreak, Congo’s ninth since the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in 1976…” (Petesch/Mwanamilongo, 7/24).

The Guardian: DRC Ebola outbreak is officially declared over
“…There were 53 cases and 29 deaths in the DRC outbreak that began in early May, but a massive effort began to contain it as soon as the government declared it was Ebola. Although DRC had successfully contained and closed down eight Ebola outbreaks in the past four decades, the most recent appeared on the Congo River, the main arterial transport route through the country…” (Boseley, 7/24).

Wall Street Journal: Congo Declares End to Ninth Ebola Outbreak
“…The WHO warned that there remains a risk of resurgence of Ebola from potentially undetected transmission chains and sexual transmission of the disease by male survivors, who can carry the virus in semen for up to a year. On Monday, a study published in the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases also for the first time documented a case in which a woman, who survived Ebola in 2014, transmitted the virus a year later” (Bariyo et al., 7/24).

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