WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Experts are “very encouraged” after just three new Ebola cases were reported in the past week in eastern Congo, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday.

It is an indication that the world’s second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history may be weakening after 18 months, the Associated Press reported.

So far, at least 2,249 people have died in the epidemic that began in August 2018. “But until we have no cases for 42 days, it’s not over,” Tedros cautioned, the AP reported. “As you know, any single case could re-ignite the epidemic, and the security situation in eastern (Congo) remains extremely fragile. So, we take the progress on Ebola with caution, although it’s a big success.”

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