Mike Ryan, MD, the World Health Organization (WHO) executive director of health emergencies, said today that the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been “squeezed into a small geographical area”—a triangle between Mambasa, Beni, Mandima, and Komanda.

“The virus is now back to where it began in Mandima, the same rural zones where it transmitted at low intensity for several months before last August,” Ryan said in a press conference.

It is in this shared space between North Kivu and Ituri provinces where the virus will see its final days, Ryan said, as transmission has slowed to a trickle.

Ryan offered several signs that the tide has turned on the DRC’s 14-month-long Ebola outbreak, the second largest in history:

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