Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday declared the end of its 13th outbreak Ebola outbreak that emerged in early October in North Kivu province and killed six of the 11 infected people.
“My warm congratulations to health workers in the health zone of Beni who have suspended their strike movement to cope with this epidemic,” Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani told an online news briefing.
The virus, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and is spread through contact with body fluids, was first discovered near the Ebola River in 1976.
The 2018-2020 epidemic in Beni, east of the country killed nearly 2,300 people, the second-highest toll recorded in the disease’s history.
Health authorities vaccinated more than 1,800 people using Merck’s recently licensed ERVEBO vaccine, the World Health Organisation said in a statement.
“During this outbreak, the Democratic Republic of Congo was able to limit widespread infections and save lives. Crucial lessons are being learned and applied with every outbreak experience,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa director.
“Stronger disease surveillance, community engagement, targeted vaccination and prompt response are making for more effective Ebola containment in the region,” Moeti said.