The World Health Organization (WHO) tracked 2 new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today on its outbreak dashboard, lifting the outbreak total to 3,210 cases, including 2,146 deaths. Officials are still investigating 421 suspected cases.

The news comes as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first Ebola rapid diagnostic test.

The new cases are likely part of the “trickle” that Mike Ryan, MD, the WHO’s executive director of health emergencies, said was to be expected as transmission slows and the outbreak shrinks to a small region that straddles North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Ryan made those comments yesterday during a press conference that, for the most part, presented encouraging data. In recent weeks, new cases have declined, with only single cases confirmed on several days in the past week.

The Ebola outbreak will be declared over when 42 days, or two 21-day transmission cycles, pass with no new cases.

Progress tinged with caution

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