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Ebola outbreak in DRC’s east declared over

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(Al Jazeera) – Authorities announce the end of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 13th Ebola outbreak that emerged in October.

An Ebola outbreak that emerged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) east more than two months ago, infecting 11 people and killing, has been declared over.

The DRC had announced its 13th outbreak of Ebola on October 8 in Beni, in North Kivu province, prompting fears of a repeat of a 2018-2020 epidemic that killed nearly 2,300 people in the same region, the second-highest toll recorded in the disease’s history.

On Thursday, the country’s health authorities declared the end of the latest outbreak – the second in 2021 – after no new cases were recorded since October 30, the end of a 42-day countdown or two incubation periods after the last confirmed case was discharged.

“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.

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