…and no new cases of the disease have been confirmed since the last known sufferer died on 9 June, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.
The UN health body said it viewed the situation with “cautious optimism”, despite the difficulty of tracking down people who may have been exposed to the deadly virus in remote forests close to the Congo River.
The outbreak has killed 28 people since early April.
“Slightly over a month into the response, further spread of EVD (Ebola virus disease) has largely been contained,” the organisation said in a report.
The outbreak triggered particular concern because it occurred in a remote north-western area that was hard to reach but close to the Congo River, causing fears it could take root in a neighbouring city or spread to the capital Kinshasa, a city of more than 10 million people.
There were also fears that river transport could help the virus spread to the neighbouring Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo.
This outbreak is Congo’s ninth, but the first to be countered with a “ring vaccination” strategy, where all contacts of known patients are vaccinated to try and stop the spread…
“If no new cases are reported, the last contacts of the known confirmed or probable cases will complete follow-up on 27 June 2018.”..
An Ebola outbreak is normally declared over once 42 days have passed since blood samples from the last confirmed case tests negative for the second time.” (A)
(A) WHO: Ebola outbreak in DRC ‘largely contained’, http://ewn.co.za/2018/06/20/who-ebola-outbreak-in-drc-largely-contained