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DR Congo declares end to recent Ebola outbreak

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has again declared an end to the recent Ebola outbreak that claimed 55 lives.

The country is free from the deadly disease after more than 40 days without a case.

DR Congo’s health minister said “Congratulations to the government, health workers, responders & communities for this achievement while battling Covid-19.”

Recent outbreak of the disease was in the northwest of the country and the third in two years.

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In June this year DR Congo reported of several patients being diagnosed with the disease in Mbandaka, Equateur’s provincial capital.

The outbreak in Mbandaka emerged at a time the country was declaring an end to a different outbreak in the east of the country.

More than 2,000 people died from the disease in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces over two years.

A World Health Organization-approved vaccine by the pharmaceutical company Merck has helped to protect some 400,000 people from the disease in DR Congo.

Congo has suffered 11 Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered near the Ebola River in 1976.

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