Semida Masika, the last patient being treated for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is seen after she was discharged from hospital in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo March 3, 2020.

The news that the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is nearing the end did not receive the news coverage it deserves.  Instead, what we heard about the most was coverage for the coronavirus which continues to spread around the world. 

Ebola in the DRC in 2018, as well as Ebola in three West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014, and the years after, made some of the biggest news headlines when the disease claimed many lives. Which is why it is interesting that the last patient with the disease in the DRC was released just when the coronavirus is spreading around the world.

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement, the last patient with Ebola in the DRC was released on Tuesday, March 3. The organization meanwhile cautioned that “flare-ups” may occur.

“Remember that during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa flare-ups of new cases occurred after the end of the outbreak,” Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response said in a statement.

Here are some of the headlines about this story, seen on Google, and as reported by CNN International, Aljazeera, The Conversation Africa and Nature.


Coverage of the WHO’s declaration that an “end in sight” for Ebola in the DRC.