DR Congo Ebola outbreak officially ends

Ebola

An epidemic declared in mid-August in the Democratic Republic of Congo that infected 62 people and claimed 34 lives officially ended on Friday, according to the country’s health minister.

Felix Kabange Numbi said that the country’s health ministry worked closely in cooperation with Doctors Without Borders, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization to stop the outbreak, AFP reports.

The epidemic began in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Orientale Province.

The nation has recorded eight outbreaks of Ebola since the first was first reported near a river that gave the disease its name in 1976.

Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. It is transmitted by direct contact with sweat, feces and blood. It can also be spread with sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

There is no treatment or vaccine available for Ebola. According to the World Health Organization, the disease kills between 25 and 90 percent of infected patients, depending upon the strain of the virus, AFP reports.

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Uganda killed two members of the same family in Luweero, Uganda. The deaths occurred approximately 37 miles from Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

A July outbreak in western Uganda killed 17 people, BBC reports.

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