After coronavirus, another disease Ebola killed 5 people, including a 15-year-old girl, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported the fresh Ebola outbreak. It said that 9 cases of Ebola have been reported.
UNICEF said in a statement, “Four additional people who contracted the virus — all contacts of the deceased and including the child of one of the fatal cases — are being treated in an isolation unit at the Wangata Hospital in Mbandaka,”
“The deaths occurred between the 18th and 30th of May but they were only confirmed as Ebola-related yesterday.”
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has earlier Monday announced that 6 cases have been reported in Mbandaka, Congo’s northwest Equateur province.
A new #Ebola outbreak detected in western #DRC, near Mbandaka, Équateur province. @MinSanteRDC has identified 6 cases, of which 4 people have died. The country is also in final phase of battling Ebola in eastern DRC, #COVID19 & the world’s largest measles outbreak.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 1, 2020
According to details, Ebola is passed by bodily fluids and has a fatality rate of anywhere between 25% and 90%. This is the country’s 11th outbreak.
According to WHO, Congo is still working to end the outbreak that began in 2018. Over 3,406 cases and 2,243 deaths have been reported. No new case was reported in the last 21 days of the outbreak.
WHO stated, “The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is in its final phase, while the country also battles COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak,”
Ebola virus lives in bats, WHO said that new outbreaks can be predicted in Congo.