Congo heralds the end of the second deadliest Ebola outbreak ever

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BENI, Congo (AP) – Eastern Congo has officially ended the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, killing 2,280 people in nearly two years when armed groups and mistrust of the community promise new vaccines undermined.

Thursday’s milestone was eclipsed by the huge health challenges the vast country is still facing: the world’s largest measles epidemic, the mounting threat of COVID-19 and a new Ebola outbreak in the north.

The World Health Organization announcement was initially scheduled for April, but another case came up only three days before the Ebola-free statement was expected. That restarted the 42-day period necessary for such a proclamation to be made.

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