The last patient at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was released Tuesday, the World Health Organization announced, adding that there are currently no confirmed cases of the disease in the country.
"There are currently zero cases of Ebola in the DRC after more than a year of fighting the epidemic," announced the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, on the social network Twitter.
So proud of all involved in the response. We are hopeful, yet cautiously optimistic that we will soon bring this outbreak to an end. https://t.co/dOMX3zAGYb
– Dr Matshidiso Moeti (@MoetiTshidi) March 3, 2020
Matshidiso Moeti, who shared the video of the patient's departure from the Beni treatment center, expressed his pride of “everyone involved in the response” to the Ebola epidemic, declared in 2018.
"We are hopeful, but cautiously optimistic that we will soon be able to declare an end to the epidemic," he added.
WHO Africa also said that it will remain in full response mode during the observation period.
According to David Gressly, the United Nations coordinator for the Ebola response, there are no confirmed cases of infections in the past two weeks and in the past 21 days there have been only two.
Since the epidemic was declared in August 2018 and until March 1, 3,444 cases of Ebola virus infection have been recorded, 3,310 confirmed in the laboratory. The disease caused 2,264 deaths (2,130 confirmed and 134 likely) and 1,168 people who were cured. There are currently 350 suspected cases under investigation.
On March 1, there was no confirmed case of the disease for the 13th consecutive day.
This epidemic is the second most deadly in Ebola on record, being only surpassed by the one that hit West Africa between 2014 and 2016 and which killed more than 11,300 people.
Ebola is transmitted by contact with infected body fluids and the speed of treatment is decisive for the chances of survival, with its mortality rate reaching 90%, if not treated in time.