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WHO head: Too early to declare victory in DRC Ebola outbreak

WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus tells journalists in Kinshasa there are encouraging signs the Ebola outbreak many be brought under control.

A World Health Organization worker administers a vaccination during the launch of a campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in the port city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 21 May 2018. Picture: Reuters

PRETORIA – The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) boss says it’s too early to declare victory against the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo that’s killed 27 people.

There hasn’t been a new case reported since 6 June and the vaccination programme has been completed but vigilance has to be strengthened.

WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus tells journalists in Kinshasa that there are encouraging signs that the Ebola outbreak many be brought under control.

Ghebreyesus says 2,200 people have been vaccinated, and that case management and tracing contacts of victims have gone well.

But it’s not over until it is over. Even if one case crosses into the Republic of Congo and gets to an urban area, that could trigger another epidemic.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)