from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
Bureau of the DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – There is hope that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is eliminating the latest Ebola outbreak.
Since September 19, no new cases have been reported in the northwestern province of the Equator, where the eleventh epidemic of the deadly viral disease broke out in June.
“This trend is encouraging,” a health spokesperson said.
However, the response teams still remain vigilant.
“They continue to intensify efforts to strengthen community-based surveillance and thereby improve alert reporting.”
The success of the response is attributed to vaccination campaigns.
Around 33,000 people have been vaccinated since the last outbreak was declared.
This has limited the death toll to 50 from 124 cases.
Ebola outbreaks are prevalent in the DRC, formerly known as Zaire.
It experienced its first eruption in 1976.
The latest outbreak, which broke out in 2018 and ended earlier this year, resulted in the deaths of over 2 200 people.
It was the second worst globally after 11,000 people died from the virus in West Africa from 2013 to 2016.
The current crisis comes as the Democratic Republic of the Congo fights the worst measles plague in the world. More than 6,000 people died, mostly children.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) killed 271 people in 10,600 cases.
– CAJ News