Two countries are currently on the clock for the 42-day period since the last negative Ebola test to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In Spain, Madrid nursing assistant, Teresa Romero who contracted the virus treating the deceased Ebola infected priest, Manuel García Viejo, in late September was declared clear of the Ebola virus on Oct. 21 when the second test came back negative.
Spain will therefore be declared free of EVD 42 days after the date of the second negative test if no new cases are reported. A total of 83 contacts are being monitored.
With the crisis in West Africa with the Ebola outbreak some may have forgotten that a second, different Ebola outbreak has be going on in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
According to WHO, as at 21 October 2014 there have been 67 cases (38 confirmed, 28 probable, 1 suspected) of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including eight among health-care workers (HCWs). In total, 49 deaths have been reported, including eight among HCWs.
Of 1121 total contacts, 1116 have now completed 21-day follow-up. Of five contacts currently being monitored, all were seen on 21 October, the last date for which data has been reported. On 10 October, the last reported case tested negative for the second time and was discharged. The Democratic Republic of the Congo will therefore be declared free of EVD 42 days after the date of the second negative test if no new cases are reported.