A vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo has brought an end to the central African country's deadly yellow fever epidemic, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
No new cases of yellow fever, a viral haemorrhagic fever spread by mosquitoes, have been reported in Congo in the past six months.
"We are able to declare the end of one of the largest and most challenging yellow fever outbreak[s] in recent years," WHO regional Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said, praising the coordinated efforts of national authorities and local health workers.
The outbreak of yellow fever was first reported in Congo's south-western neighbour Angola in December 2015, and its spread led to more than 7,000 suspected cases and nearly 400 deaths across the two countries.
A mass immunization campaign launched in both countries helped vaccinate more than 30 million people against the disease.
Angola and Congo saw the last reported cases of the fever in June and July of last year, respectively.