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Congo’s health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola

09 August 2018, 01:11 | Melissa Porter

Congo’s health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola

Congo’s health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola

The newest outbreak, confirmed by the World Health Organization on Sunday, is located in the Congo's northeastern North Kivu Province and neighboring Ituri Province.

The health minister announced on Wednesday that a new epidemic was spreading around the city of Beni, in North Kivu province, barely a week after announcing the end of a previous epidemic in the north-west of the country which killed 33 people.

The North Kivu Provincial Health Division notified the government of Congo that a couple of cases of haemorrhagic fevers were reported. According to WHO the presumptive positive tests have prompted the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo to declare the fresh outbreak.

Three cases have been confirmed in Beni, a regional trading hub of several hundred thousand people about 30 km (18 miles) from the centre of the outbreak in the town of Mabalako, and some 70 km from the Ugandan border.


But the new outbreak in the East of the DRC is on track to dwarf the one that sparked worldwide panic in earlier this summer in the North West. Individuals frequently cross the border for trade, which, combined with humanitarian and security issues in the region, could make the outbreak harder to contain. Investigations are ongoing, but as of August 3, a total of 43 Ebola virus cases, including 33 deaths, have been reported, and another 33 suspected cases are pending lab testing.

Health workers were setting up refrigerators on Monday to keep the Ebola vaccine cool, the health ministry said.

More than 3,000 doses remain in stock in the capital Kinshasa, allowing authorities to deploy them quickly to affected areas. More than one million displaced people are now residing in the affected region, which shares borders with Rwanda and Uganda.

More than 900 contacts have been traced and registered in affected zones, as health workers take steps to stop the spread of the disease to neighbouring regions and countries. Scientists have to confirm that the Zaire species of Ebola is the cause of the outbreak.



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