Belgium: Belgium welcomes certification of DR Congo as Ebola-free

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has welcomed the certification of DR Congo as free of the Ebola virus disease, saying the disease was fought "efficiently".

The government in Kinshasa officially announced that it was free of Ebola and this was confirmed by the UN World Health Organisation (WHO).

Belgium said the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, which was separate from what was ravaging West Africa, where more than 5,000 people have been killed in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, could have have had severe consequences, according to a statement issued by the Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders.

The head of Belgian diplomacy said the DR Congo Ebola outbreak was fought "quickly and efficiently" with the experience and expertise of services in charge of combating the disease in the country.

DR Congo has ever experienced an outbreak of Ebola in the middle 1970s.

According to the WHO, the Ebola virus, first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.
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