The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could be over by the end of the year, the Congolese President has claimed.
Reuters reports that Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi told a news conference in Germany last week that while there are still a few isolated cases in the one province, authorities “think that by the end of the year we can completely stop that."
The latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 3,291 cases of Ebola have been reported in the DRC, of which 2,193 people have died. Just six cases were identified in two provinces in the week from 6 to 12 November, and all of these cases were known contacts of a confirmed case.
In its latest disease outbreak news update, the WHO said that while the relatively lower case incidence observed is encouraging, “it must be interpreted with caution as the situation remains highly contingent upon the level of access and security within affected communities.” It also highlighted that there has been a shift in hotspots from urban settings to more rural communities, which it says “bring additional challenges to the response."