DRC sees Ebola breakthrough

2014-09-24 08:56
Ebola suit DRC. (AFP)

Ebola suit DRC. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kigali - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recorded no new cases of the Ebola virus in the past 12 days, a local official said on Tuesday, suggesting that the efforts to contain the outbreak have been successful.

Nason Kabuya Ndowole, mayor of the eastern city of Goma, added that it was too early to assess whether the Ebola threat was over.

Ebola cases in the DRC had previously been reported every 1-5 days, and the virus's incubation period - the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms - is between 2 and 21 days, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Earlier this month, the WHO reported that the number of suspected and confirmed Ebola infections in the DRC had doubled to 62 in a week's time.

Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said on Monday on Twitter that the Ebola outbreak in the DRC was "almost over."

All reported cases have occurred in the country's north-western Equateur province, which borders Congo-Brazzaville and the Central African Republic.

Earlier this month, the Health Ministry launched a 45-day campaign to prevent the transmission of Ebola in the province.

Health professionals and local civil society committees are also working together to prevent Ebola victims from having direct contact with unaffected people. The Congolese have been advised not to travel to affected areas.

The WHO said previously that the DRC government had launched a robust response to counter the outbreak.

The outbreak in the DRC has occurred independently of the one in West Africa and involves a different virus strain.

Read more on:    drc  |  central africa  |  ebola

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.