DRC declares new Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province

Ebola hits Congo days after last outbreak ended

Ebola hits Congo days after last outbreak ended

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, just days after a recent emergence of the disease, which killed 33 people, was declared over.

"We will fight this one as we did the last".

Officials from the United Nations, World Bank, WHO Congo's Ministry of Health, including Health Minister Oly Ilunga, will support a team already on the ground. "Although we did not expect to face a 10th epidemic so early, the detection of the virus is an indicator of the proper functioning of the surveillance system", a DRC Ministry of Health communique said. These cases follow a July 28 report of 26 cases (including 20 deaths) with indications of hemorrhagic fever. Four samples taken from six people who have so far survived tested positive for Ebola, the ministry added.

The Government was quick to provide public updates, with press releases on 30 July and 1 August.

Four cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, officials confirmed Wednesday. "This allows us to have a head start in response to this cluster". "It is, on the other hand, worrying that this area is a conflict zone.It is an area with lots of displacement, so the access can be hampered in that way".

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The resurgence of the disease in North Kivu, an active conflict area that houses more than 1 million displaced people, will present fresh challenges to the authorities.

However, the outbreak "is occurring in an environment which is very different from where we were operating in the northwest", a statement quoting Peter Salama, deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response read.

The confirmation of Ebola return to the DRC was earlier reported by Governor Julien Paluku of the North Kivu province. The province shares borders with Rwanda and Uganda, with a lot of cross border movement due to brisk trade.

The WHO is carrying out additional testing and will be working with neighboring countries to prepare them for any possibility, according to CNN.

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