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Ebola: outbreak in Congo declared over

Kinshasa - The Central African Congo is officially Ebola free. The Ministry of Health today declared the 11th Ebola outbreak in the country's recent history to be over.

The first case of the outbreak in the western province of Equateur was announced on June 1 this year. In total, 130 people have contracted Ebola, including 119 confirmed cases, and 55 have died, according to the ministry.

"Fighting Ebola and COVID-19 at the same time was not easy," said Matshidiso Moeti, head of Africa at the World Health Organization (WHO). But the expertise that has been built up in the fight against Ebola can be used against other diseases.

For example, the technology with which the Ebola vaccination was stored very cold will help when the corona vaccination is brought to Africa. Ebola outbreaks occur again and again in the Congo.

The country has just experienced three epidemics in a row. The tenth outbreak, which occurred in the east of the country from August 2018 to June this year, killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 3,400.

This epidemic was particularly difficult to get under control because of the instability and militia fighting. The Ebola outbreak with the most serious consequences to date was in West Africa in 2014 and 2015, when more than 11,000 people died. © dpa / aerzteblatt.de