The Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday declared the end of
the country’s latest Ebola epidemic after the outbreak killed 55 people
over the past five months.

Health Minister Eteni Longondo told journalists that this marks the end
of the 11th epidemic of the Ebola virus in Equateur province in the vast
country’s northwest.

Wednesday’s announcement came after the country crossed a threshold
of 42 days without a recorded case — double the period that the deadly
haemorrhage virus takes to incubate.

As during a preceding epidemic in the east of the country, widespread
use of vaccinations, which were administered to more than 40,000
people, helped curb the disease, the World Health Organization, W.H.O.

The W.H.O. said the latest outbreak had killed 55 people among 119
confirmed and 11 probable cases since it began in June.