World Health Organization Expects To Declare End of Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization expects the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be officially over on July 24th. That date marks 42 days, or two incubation periods of 21 days each, since the last patient infected with Ebola was released from care.

A health worker checks people’s temperatures as they disembark a plane at the airport in Kinshasa, Congo, June 2, 2018. (Source:

If no other cases of Ebola are identified by July 24th, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ministry of Health will announce the end of the disease in an elaborate ceremony in the capital, Kinshasa.

WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib credited lessons learned from the West African Ebola outbreak of 2014 and 2015, as well as a new vaccine, in successfully addressing the latest outbreak. Health officials will continue to actively monitor for new cases.

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