A fresh Ebola outbreak has hit DR Congo, making it the 11th in the country’s history and the second they’re currently fighting in the region.
Four people have already died from the new outbreak in the northwest of the country.
DR Congo is now fighting Ebola in two places in the country. The new outbreak is on top of the existing epidemic in the east which has killed 2,280 in the last two years.
Health Minister Eteni Longondo confirmed that four people had died from Ebola in Mbandaka. Mbandaka is a transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than a million
“The National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) has confirmed to me that samples from Mbandaka tested positive for Ebola,” Longondo told a news conference.
“We will send them the vaccine and medicine very quickly,” the minister added.
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The province has already experienced several Ebola outbreaks. The most recent was in 2018 when 33 people died from the disease.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said the new Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka “represents a challenge, but it’s one we are ready to tackle”.
The DRC is also dealing with an outbreak of Coronavirus. To date, there have been 3,195 infections and 72 deaths.
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