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Congo declares Ebola outbreak under control

Oly Ilunga Kalenga, the minister of health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, announced today that the Ebola outbreak in a remote northeast region of the country “has been brought under control,” Reuters reports. All told, there have been four confirmed cases and four deaths. Three of the deaths are listed as “probable” cases and are not confirmed. The last confirmed case was 21 days ago, which is the incubation period of the virus, so no one is currently deemed infectious. The World Health Organization first reported the outbreak on 11 May. The country will continue “heightened surveillance” for more cases, and if 42 days pass without a case, the outbreak will be declared officially over.

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