Congo declares end to latest Ebola outbreak in nation's east

Congo has declared an end to the latest Ebola outbreak that killed six people in its east

KINSHASA, Congo -- Congo has declared an end to the latest Ebola outbreak that killed six people in its east.

Congo’s Minister of Public Health, Dr. Jean-Jacques Mbungani on Monday announced the end of the outbreak that began Feb. 7 in the town of Butembo in the North Kivu province.

This was the 12th Ebola outbreak in conflict-ridden Congo since the virus was first discovered in the country in 1976, and the third to hit the country in less than a year. Its onset came less than three months after Congo’s 11th outbreak in the western province of Equateur officially ended in November.

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AP writer Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal contributed.