Michael Ryan, WHO’s emergencies chief, said it was time to ‘kill’ the deadly Ebola outbreak after curtailing its spread [Martial Trezzini/EPA]

Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have made “significant progress”, with the virus now contained to a far smaller and mainly rural area, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

“We have put the virus in the corner,” Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, told reporters in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday.

“I believe we have really squeezed the virus into a much smaller geographical area,” he said.

Ebola is now essentially only transmitting within an area of eastern DRC between Mambasa, Komanda, Mandima and Beni, Ryan added.

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