Democratic Republic of Congo confirms two Ebola cases in resurgence of major outbreak


KINSHASA (Reuters) - Two people have contracted Ebola and died this week in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the health ministry said in a statement.

A 60-year-old woman who died on Wednesday in the district of Biena had a link with a woman who also died after contracting Ebola and was married to a survivor of the previous major outbreak, the statement said.

Congo's health ministry has deployed a team to the area and is tracing more than 100 contacts of the two women in the health zones of Biena and Katwa, it said in the statement.

Ebola swept through eastern Congo from 2018 to 2020 in an outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people before it was declared over last June.

It is not unusual for sporadic cases to occur following a major outbreak, according to the WHO.

Congo's equatorial forests have been a breeding ground for the Ebola virus, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and is spread through contact with body fluids.

The country has experienced 11 outbreaks since the virus was first discovered near the Ebola river in 1976.

(Reporting by Fiston Mahamba, Writing by Nellie Peyton, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In World

Cuban tanker en route to Venezuela reports missing sailor at sea -document
Removal of Salvadoran judges, prosecutor unconstitutional, U.S. special envoy says
Uganda army to join Congo in offensive against Islamist rebels -Kinshasa gov't
U.N. Yemen envoy to stay in job until successor announced
Pro-Russian lawmaker leaves Ukraine prosecutors after reading charges
U.S. lifts sanctions on senior figure in Mexico's Sinaloa cartel
EU countries urged to halt non-essential travel from India
Russia urges 'quartet' meet on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
State Department says Blinken to meet Russia's Lavrov in Iceland next week
U.S. airlines cancel flights to Tel Aviv amid escalating conflict

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers