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No New Cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Democratic Republic of Congo

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported no new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu Provinces, which were once hard-hit areas in the recent Ebola virus disease outbreak. The last confirmed cases were reported on 27 April 2020.

The country now has a total of 3463 confirmed cases (as of 16 June 2020), including 3317 confirmed and 146 probable cases. Of this total number, 2280 cases have died and 1171 have recovered. Of the total number of cases, 57 percent were female, 29 percent were children aged less than 18 years and 5 percent were healthcare workers.

From 11 to 16 June 2020, an average of 2939 alerts were reported every day, of which 2788 were evaluated within 24 hours. Of these cases, 453 were tagged as suspected cases each day, requiring swift laboratory testing and specialized care to exclude Ebola virus disease.

From 8 to 14 June 2020, 3219 samples were tested, including 2513 blood samples from patients who were alive, 324 swab tests from patients who had died in the community, and 382 samples from patients who had been previously tested. The Democratic Republic of Congo currently has eight specialized laboratories to provide swift testing of suspected cases in the country.

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