The Congo has contained the Ebola outbreak with no new cases registerd in the past 21 days, the government has confirmed.

“At this stage, we can say the epidemic’s spread has been mastered, and this, thanks to the quality of the national and international experts sent into the health zones, to the rapidity of the sanitary response coordinated at a central level, and, probably, thanks also to other factors such as the local context, which needs to be the subject of further scientific investigations,” said the Congo Health Minister, Oly Illunga Kalenga.

Hats off to the Congo Health Minister and health care personnel for getting on stop of such a difficult and dangerous situation so quickly and that by using standard and safe epidemic control measures. That said, continued vigilance will surely be needed given the sudden spate of “Ebola” outbreaks in Africa and pressure to use a risky experimental Ebola vaccine.

On top of that, new threats have emerged in the form of contaminated vaccines  which last month killed 15 children in Sudan and injured scores more.

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