>> The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo that killed 33 people is now over. That's according to the World Health Organization and the country's health ministry. And credits a rapid response and an experimental vaccine in keeping it from repeating the 2013 disaster that killed over 11,000 people.
Reuters Africa correspondent, Ed McAllister.>> The difference was a speedy response. WHO last time took six months to respond to the crisis, to get boots on the ground. This time, the day that the virus was announced in Congo, WHO officials were helicoptered in. They were meeting local health officials, working out how to contain this virus.
That had a huge impact on how bad this got. And experts say that, it is down to that very, very quick early response in containing the virus in what is an extremely difficult environment in rural Congo.>> Disseminating that experimental vaccine was a particular challenge. It needed to be kept frozen in a hot environment without regular electricity.
And there were cultural and language barriers in getting people's consent to get the shot. It's a lesson to be considered for the next outbreak.>> This can come again at any moment. That was, in Congo, the ninth outbreak they've had since the 70s. So it keeps returning. Bats can pick it up, they can fly it hundreds of miles.
It can be in bushmeat that's consumed in local markets. So people have to be extremely vigilant.>> It's been over a month since the last confirmed case of the virus.