New Ebola epidemic in Congo

World Grigory Matyunin 01-Jun-2020
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared a new Ebola outbreak. This new epidemic takes place in Mbandaka, 620 miles away from an earlier outbreak in the east of the country.

According to the health ministry, four people have died in the city and were later confirmed to have had the virus following tests undertaken in the capital city Kinshasa.

“We have a new Ebola epidemic in Mbandaka,” stated the health minister. “We are going to very quickly send them the vaccine and medicine.”

The outbreak was subsequently confirmed by high-ranking officials in the World Health Organisation.

Congo has been battling a deadly outbreak of Ebola on its eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda for nearly two years. So far the virus has claimed over 2,200 lives in the country.

It came close to declaring the epidemic over when new cases were detected in the east of the country in April. Yet in over 30 days no new cases have been registered in that part of the country.