DRC Declares End to Ebola Outbreak

July 13, 2022

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently declared the end of the Ebola outbreak that began April 23 in Mbandaka, Équateur Province. According to WHO, it was the third outbreak in the province since 2018 and the country’s 14th overall, resulting in five deaths (from four confirmed cases and one probable case).

With greater experience in Ebola control and support from WHO partners, Congolese emergency teams quickly rolled out counter measures including testing, contact tracing, infection prevention and control, treatment and community engagement. According to WHO, Congolese authorities will maintain surveillance and are ready to respond quickly to any flare-ups, noting that it is not unusual for sporadic cases to occur following an outbreak.