On April 23, the first Ebola case was reported in the northwestern province of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The outbreak has now been declared over.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an outbreak of the life-threatening Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has officially been declared over.

The northwestern province of Equateur was affected, where the first case became known on April 23. There were a total of four confirmed cases and one suspected case – all patients died according to the WHO. A previous Ebola outbreak in the province from June to November 2020 had 130 confirmed cases and 55 deaths.

It was the 14th recorded Ebola outbreak in the Central African country with 90 million inhabitants since 1976. From 2014 to 2016 there was the largest recorded outbreak of the virus infection in West Africa with more than 11,000 deaths. Ebola is transmitted through direct physical contact and often leads to high fever and internal bleeding.