WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak over

The World Health Organization on July 2 declared an end to the Democratic Republic of Congo's most recent Ebola outbreak.

The WHO first learned of the outbreak in May. Four people died of Ebola, and 583 contacts of potentially infected individuals were registered and closely monitored. No known contacts developed the illness.

"With the end of this epidemic, DRC has once again proved to the world that we can control the very deadly Ebola virus if we respond early in a coordinated and efficient way," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD.

Ebola symptoms may present anywhere from two to 21 days after viral exposure and include fever, diarrhea, fatigue and severe headache, according to the CDC. The virus is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of an infected individual and is fatal in about half of cases.

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