EBOLA IS BACK

EBOLA IS BACK: WHO CONFIRMS SECOND EBOLA OUTBREAKS IN DRC

On Monday June 1, the World Health Organization confirmed a second outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just as the country was on the verge of becoming Ebola free.

So far, the Ministry of Health has detected six Ebola cases in Wangata, of which four have died and two are alive and under care. Three of these six cases have been confirmed with laboratory testing, with a possibility that more people will be identified with the disease as surveillance activities increase.

This is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 11th outbreak of Ebola since the virus was first discovered in the country DRC is also grappling with a measles breakout, the world’s largest, as well as the novel coronavirus.

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Five people including a 15-year-old girl have died from a fresh Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation said on Monday.

The DRC government made the announcement just weeks before the country was expected to be declared Ebola-free.

The new outbreak occurred in Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province – at the North-west part of the country. Nine cases have so far been reported in total.

The new outbreak occurred in Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province – at the North-west part of the country. Nine cases have so far been reported in total.

The last outbreak in the eastern part of the country was the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record, with more than 2200 lives lost and 3400 confirmed infections since the outbreak was declared on August 1, 2018.

The outbreak occurred in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

This time around, the outbreak is affecting the North-west part of the country and is its 11th outbreak since the virus was first discovered in the country in 1976.

The city of Mbandaka and its surrounding area were the sites of the outbreak, which took place from May to July 2018.

With the newest outbreak, the country is also battling the world’s largest measles outbreak and the ongoing COVID-19 which is ravaging almost all the countries in the world.

The DRC has recorded 3,195 coronavirus infections and 72 deaths.

Fresh outbreak

WHO said according to the country’s health ministry, six Ebola cases have so far been detected in Wangata, of which four have died and two are alive and under care.

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