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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Minister declares Congo Ebola free

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declared the country Ebola free on Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the virus.

"I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC," Minister of Health in the country, Mr Oly Ilunga, said in a statement.

The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus’ deadliest episode in West Africa, which killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia causing alarm around the world.

"The government of DRC has been very transparent in declaring the outbreak. To a large extent, that really facilitated communication and information sharing and rapid action," Ibrahima Soce Fall, a senior World Health Organisation Official in Africa, said.

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