Ebola Update: In a separate outbreak of the Ebola virus in the former republic of Zaire, now know as the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC), the World Health Organization reports that the country is now free of Ebola. According to the Government of the DRC, the outbreak was contained to the northwestern Equateur province. During the three-month outbreak, Congolese authorities said there were 49 deaths out of 66 people infected with Ebola.
According to the United Nations health agency, "The criteria for an area to be declared "pathogen free" is having two maximum incubation periods of 21 days. Each period must pass without any new cases being detected." Reuters reports" (WHO) declared that this outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was over after no one displayed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case." The WHO also commended the strong leadership of the DRC as a being the prominent factor in containing this outbreak.