Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Fresh Ebola virus outbreak in Congo

Fresh Ebola virus outbreak in Congo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it would fight the resurgence of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) like it fought the previous epidemics.

Government officials said at least 20 people died in nine days after showing symptoms of haemorrhagic fever in and around the village of Mangina.

Congo on July 24 declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that began in May in northwest Equateur province.

The North Kivu health division notified the DRC Ministry of Health on 28 July that there were 26 cases of hemorrhagic fever in the area, with 20 deaths.

The new cases are in Mangina in the eastern Mabalako health zone, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Beni, a city of more than 230,000 people. "This is an active conflict zone".

Twelve health ministry experts would be sent to Beni on Thursday to help oversee the response to the outbreak, Ilunga added.

"Since we are coming out of another Ebola outbreak, we have kept staff and equipment in place", said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization regional director for Africa.

North Kivu hosts over one million displaced people, according to reports.

However, the outbreak "is occurring in an environment which is very different from where we were operating in the northwest", it quoted Peter Salama, deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response as saying. The province shares borders with Rwanda and Uganda with a great deal of cross border movement due to the trade activities. That is more than twice as many as any other country.

Ebola is endemic in the DRC, which now has had 10 outbreaks since the virus first was discovered there in 1976.

Congolese and worldwide health officials deployed an experimental vaccine that helped contain its spread after it reached a large rivr port city.

It has a natural reservoir in a species of tropical African fruit bats, from which it is believed to leap to humans who kill and butcher the animals for food.

New Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It spreads through contact with bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.

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