DR Congo hit by EBOLA OUTBREAK as authorities call for calm

Henrietta Strickland
August 3, 2018

Four people have tested positive for Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo just days after another outbreak killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the health ministry says.

On July 24, Ilunga himself had declared the end to a 10-week outbreak that struck the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, claiming 33 lives and prompting global concern.

A total of 29 persons died during the most recent outbreak, which was declared over, when two weeks had passed without a new case emerging, following the release of the last patient from care.

On Monday, the country's health ministry said it had foound 25 cases of fever near the town of Beni and that samples had been sent to the capital Kinshasa for testing.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday assured the country that the government was "well prepared and ready to avert any possible outbreak of the epidemic".

Health workers have raised concerns about the potential for the outbreak to spread, as Mangina is only 18 miles west of Beni, a center of trade.

Ebola is a virus-caused haemorrhagic fever with a high fatality rate and in extreme cases causes bleeding from internal organs, the mouth, eyes or ears.

The government informed World Health Organization that four out of six samples tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale in Kinshasa but that further testing was ongoing.

Rwanda residents have been urged not to travel to the affected area and report immediately any suspected symptoms.

Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan Islamist group, was blamed alongside Congolese army officers for the killings.

"This new cluster is occurring in an environment, which is very different from where we were operating in the north-west, " said Dr Peter Salama, Deputy Director-General of the Emergency Preparedness and Response team at WHO. "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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