WHO / Lindsay Mackenzie

How Congo Beat the Last Ebola Outbreak

The Crucial Role of International Cooperation

On July 24, the World Health Organization announced the end of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Equateur Province that had infected 54 people and killed 33. Eight days later, the Congolese government reported that the virus had struck again, some 1,500 miles away, in North Kivu, an active conflict zone. As health officials race to assess the complexity of this new threat, the rare occurrence of back-to-back outbreaks underscores the growing danger that infectious diseases like Ebola pose to humanity. The new outbreak is Congo’s tenth scrap with Ebola since the virus was discovered in 1976, and experience has …

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