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THE WORLD’S SECOND-LARGEST EBOLA OUTBREAK HAS ENDED

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THE WORLD'S SECOND-LARGEST EBOLA OUTBREAK HAS ENDED

By Oladeji Showunmi

On June 25, the World Health Organization declared the second largest Ebola outbreak, which had infected over 3,480 people and killed nearly 2,300, to be over. The Kivu outbreak began in August 2018 with a cluster of cases near Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that causes a variety of symptoms such as bleeding, fever, stomach pains, weakness, and rashes. It is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or animal. Containing the disease in Kivu was especially difficult because of local unrest, which raised doubts about any government or international organization efforts to stop the disease’s spread. Armed with a new vaccine, healthcare workers, led by WHO’s Michael Yao, launched a campaign to vaccinate anyone who had been exposed. This effort resulted in the vaccination of over 300,000 people by also improving community engagement.

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“We should rejoice, but we must resist complacency,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press release announcing the outbreak’s end. “Viruses do not take vacations.” Another (now-contained) outbreak occurred in early June near the DRC’s Équateur Province.

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