As per the statement from the World Health Organization, A small outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over.
The announcement comes 42 days, or the equivalent of two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus, after the last confirmed patient in the affected Bas-Uele province tested negative for Ebola. It is considered to be a key milestone in the fight against the deadly disease.
Four people died and four survived being infected by the virus, as per reports by WHO. It was the first reported outbreak of Ebola since the 2014-2016 epidemic in West Africa that infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than 11,000 of them.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent three disease detectives to help.
Nearly 600 people who had close contacts with affected individuals were registered and monitored closely for the duration of the outbreak, according to WHO.
A 45-year-old man was reported in April as the first case in the most recent outbreak. The taxi driver who took the man to the hospital and a person who cared for the man both became sick.
The effective response to this outbreak was achieved through the quick alert by local authorities of suspected cases, immediate blood testing, the early announcement of the outbreak by the government, and rapid response by local and national health authorities.