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Congo Declares End Of The World’s Second-Largest Ebola Outbreak

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The democratic republic of Congo today announced the end of the world’s second largest Ebola outbreak . The milestone was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Congo’s health minister Eteni Longondo today.  Eteni Longondo noted that this has been the longest and most complex Ebola epidemic in the history of the country. The 23-month long battle against the outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo resulted in the death of 2,280 people and also drew on 16,000 front-line workers, technological innovation and a new vaccine.  The regional director of WHO, Dr Matshidiso Moeti said the outbreak is over due to the collaboration by various arms of government and the community. Speaking at a virtual news conference.

ebola patient flees treatment centre“This is a sign of hope that with solidarity and science epidemics can be controlled. “At times it seemed like a mission impossible. Ending this Ebola outbreak is a sign of hope for the region and the world, that with solidarity and science and courage and commitment, even the most challenging epidemics can be controlled.”
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