East Congo Ebola outbreak no longer an international emergency, says WHO

FILE PHOTO: A mother of a child, suspected of dying from Ebola, cries near her child’s coffin in Beni, North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo

DAKAR (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Friday that the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that was declared over on Thursday no longer constitutes an international public health emergency.

The WHO declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern last July, about a year after it was first detected. The epidemic, the second-largest on record, saw 3,463 confirmed and probable cases and 2,277 deaths over two years.

Reporting by Aaron Ross, Editing by Franklin Paul

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