Is Ebola Gone?
By: Ryan H.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the last patient being treated for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was discharged, bringing the 19-month-old outbreak closer than ever to an end. Hospital officials established this is the first time there were no active cases since the outbreak was declared in August 2018. Two thousand two hundred sixty-four people died and nearly one thousand two hundred infected. In 2013 - 2016, the pandemic in West Africa was more lethal, killing over eleven thousand.
The outbreak can be declared over once 42 days have passed without a new case experts report. As of now, health care specialists show Congo is over 20 days without any new confirmed cases. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, announced during his briefing how this is, "Very good news, not just for me, but for the whole world."
As caseloads declined, the news concerning Ebola was passed over because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world. However, Semida Masika received her survivor certificate and was released from the hospital soon after.
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