On March 3, the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa said via social media that the last Ebola patient in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had been discharged from hospital, according tomedia reports. The patient, Masiko, is reported to be the last Ebola patient to be discharged from hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WHO congratulates all medical staff and partners, but says it will remain fully committed to the outbreak until the end of the observation period.
Matshidiso Moeti, director of WHO’s regional office for Africa, said on social media that “after more than a year of fighting the epidemic, there are no Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” I am proud of all those involved in this response. We are hopeful, but at the same time cautiously optimistic, and hope that the outbreak will be over in a short time. “
Ebola virus disease is a rare but often fatal serious disease. The virus is transmitted to humans through wild animals and spreads from person to person, with an average fatality rate of about 50%. The fatality rate in previous outbreaks ranged from 25 to 90 per cent.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo began in August 2018 and has so far infected 3,444 people and killed 2,264 people, second only to the 11,000 deaths killed in several West African countries between 2013 and 2016.
WHO Director-General Tan Desai told reporters on February 12 this year that although the organization has not lowered the alert level for the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, “the signs in the eastern part of the country are now very positive” and the outbreak is expected to end in the near future.