Ebola outbreak 'under control' in part of eastern DR Congo

Henrietta Strickland
February 22, 2019

In the 21 days through February 19, 79 new cases were reported from 40 areas within 12 zones, the United Nations body said in an emailed statement. Because people regularly travel in adjacent areas, where Ebola is still active, but the danger of a Resurgence of the epidemic, such as the Congolese Ministry of health on Tuesday afternoon said.

"We can now consider that the Ebola epidemic is currently under control in Beni", it said, describing this as "major progress".

Beni, a zone that includes a city of that name, accounts for 118 fatalities.

The ministry said it had recorded a total of 844 cases of Ebola, comprising 779 laboratory-confirmed and 65 probable cases.

"As of 18 February, 844 cases and 537 deaths had been reported since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2018", Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing. An Ebola epidemic is finished only when it has been 42 days - twice the incubation period - no new diseases.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said OCHA reported Wednesday that the DRC Ministry of Health last week requested 147 million USA dollar to cover "all aspects of the (Ebola) response for six months".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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