Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Another Ebola outbreak hits DRC days after previous outbreak declared over

Another Ebola outbreak hits DRC days after previous outbreak declared over

He says identifying the type of Ebola virus that is circulating is a priority, as that will tell scientists whether the vaccine used to help contain the outbreak in Equateur province can also be used in North Kivu.

Cases emerged in the northwestern city of Mbandaka, a city and transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than a million.

DR Congo reported on Wednesday that a new outbreak has killed 20 people in eastern Beni in North Kivu Province.

Twenty people have already died from haemorrhagic fevers in and around Mangina, a densely populated town about 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Beni and 100km from the Ugandan border, the ministry said in its statement, without saying when the deaths occurred.

Four new cases of Ebola has been recorded in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) barely a week after authorities announced the end of an outbreak that started in mid-June in the northwest.

Worldwide experts set up a laboratory today in Beni, WHO and Congolese officials said.

The last outbreak of this fatal virus in Congo was declared over just a week ago.

Congo has dealt with Ebola for decades and this is its tenth outbreak of the virus.

Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC's Regional Director for Africa, said: "We anticipate an extremely challenging operational environment, given the fact that the presumptive outbreak is occurring in an area affected by conflict, and that is close to both a major population centre and an worldwide border". Six samples from these patients were tested, and four tested positive for Ebola, the ministry said. "It is, on the other hand, worrying that this area is a conflict zone.It is an area with lots of displacement, so the access can be hampered in that way". It spreads through contact with bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.

Vianney said this was the first time Ebola had been declared in the area and "our people don't know how to protect themselves".

The cases all occurred in a DRC province called North Kivu that borders Rwanda and Uganda.

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