Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak that killed 6

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The Democratic Republic of Congo on declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that infected 12 people in the eastern province of North Kivu and killed six of them.

The outbreak was contained using Merck’ (MRK.N) Ebola , which was given to more than 1,600 of the patients’ contacts and contacts of contacts, according to the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

The cases were genetically linked to the 2018-20 Ebola epidemic that killed more than 2,200 people, the second-highest recorded in the history.

The flare- emerged on Feb. 3. In the city of Butembo the death of a whose husband had contracted the virus in the previous outbreak.

Ebola causes fever, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea and spreads among humans bodily fluids.

am pleased to solemnly declare the end of the 12th epidemic of Ebola virus in North Kivu Province,” minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani said in a statement.

“Despite the security context and the , the rapidity and efficiency of the response put in place by the government and its partners made it possible to defeat this pandemic in less than 3 months,” he said.