Second case of Ebola confirmed in eastern DR Congo – health official

BENI
– A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC), a health official said on Thursday, less than a week after the death of
a young boy raised fears of another major outbreak.

Authorities
in the city of Beni detected the case on Wednesday, the same day that medics
began an Ebola vaccination campaign there, city official Michel Tosalisana told
local media.

The
World Health Organisation (WHO) said three people from the same neighbourhood
died in September after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms, which can include severe
vomiting, haemorrhaging and diarrhoea.

Beni
was an epicentre of the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak that killed more than 2 200
people and infected more than 1 000 others. The most recent flare-up of the
deadly virus ended in May, after killing six people.

It
is not yet clear whether the latest cases are linked to previous outbreaks,
health officials said.

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Publish date : 2021-10-14 15:15:09

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