Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the global health community are marking the end of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The DRC Ministry of Health (MOH) and the World Health Organization made the declaration after up to 42 days that there were no new cases following the last survivor who tested negative and was released from an Ebola treatment unit. This Ebola outbreak, the 12th in the DRC, was announced on February 7, 2021.
“The CDC commends the DRC Ministry of Health and colleagues whose work has helped end this outbreak,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “We are proud to have been part of the effort and remain committed to supporting DRC’s efforts to help outbreak survivors, prevent future outbreaks, and easily detect and respond to any new cases. of Ebola. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones to this deadly disease. ”
Recent Ebola outbreaks, including one of these, demonstrate the ability of persistent infections in survivors to initiate new outbreaks or trigger new and ongoing migration within an existing insertion. To better understand these links between the cases and the overall outbreak, the CDC helped DRC MOH set up a mobile genetic sequencing lab in Goma and will continue to provide technical assistance as much is known. about the sexual transmission of the virus and the return of survivors.