Ebola outbreak in DRC confined to one area

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) does not warrant the implementation of travel restrictions to the country because the virus is confined to a remote region, based on the information currently available.

On Saturday, 11 suspected cases and three deaths were reported in the Likati district, in the northeastern province of Bas-Uele, with the first case being confirmed in April, reports Fox News.

WHO has said that the epidemic outbreak in West Africa between 2014 and 2016 was the most widespread in history, with the most reported deaths during that period since the discovery of the virus in 1976.

More than 11 000 people in Guinea participated in a WHO-led trial to develop the first vaccine against Ebola. The groundbreaking trial, which ended in January 2016, involved 11 000 participants and proved to be “highly protective against the deadly virus”, according to WHO.

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