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What happened to the Ebola epidemic?
It is still ongoing but is under control.
The West African Ebola virus epidemic (2013–2016) was the most widespread Ebola outbreak in history. It resulted in 70% case fatality rate, up to 79% hospitalization, and socioeconomic disruption in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It was first detected in Guinea in December 2013; spread to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, with minor outbreaks occurring elsewhere.
Small outbreaks occurred in Nigeria and Mali with isolated cases were recorded in Senegal, United Kingdom and Sardinia
imported cases led to secondary infection of medical workers in the United Stares and Spainbut did not spread further. Overall, the outbreak killed more than 11,000 people. This has involved 142 cases and 97 deaths.
On May 8, 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) centered on the market town of Bikoro, near the DRC’s border with the Republic of Congo.
On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola virus in North Kivu province involving 147 cases and 99 deaths. The current outbreak is is the same species that caused the earlier outbreak (Zaire ebolavirus), but genetic differences between the viruses suggest the two outbreaks are not linked.
These two outbreaks are still ongoing.
208 experts have been deployed through World Health Organisation to support response activities including logisticians, epidemiologists, laboratory experts, communicators, clinical care specialists, community engagement specialists, and emergency coordinators.
Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partner institutions continue to support the response as well as readiness and preparedness activities in non-affected provinces and in neighbouring countries.
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