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New case of Ebola in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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New case of Ebola in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

North Kivu has been hit by Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but this has helped build local expertise and community awareness

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), October 9, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced that a new case of Ebola has been detected in the Butsili health zone in the province of North Kivu, where a previous epidemic was declared on May 3, 2021.

The Goma branch of the National Biomedical Research Institute (INRB) confirmed the Ebola virus in samples taken from a young child who died of Ebola-like symptoms on October 6.

Butsili is close to Beni, a town that was one of the epicenters of the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and about 50 km from the town of Butembo which experienced a new Ebola outbreak earlier this year. It is not uncommon for sporadic cases to occur following a major outbreak, but it is too early to tell if this case is linked to previous outbreaks. The city of Beni is a commercial hub with links to the neighboring countries of Uganda and Rwanda.

“WHO is helping health authorities investigate the new Ebola case,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Africa. “North Kivu has been hit by Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but this has helped build local expertise and community awareness, paving the way for a rapid response. “

Health authorities in North Kivu province are leading the current response with support from the Ministry of Health and WHO. In previous outbreaks in North Kivu, WHO helped build the capacity of local laboratory technicians, contact tracers, vaccination teams and reached out to community groups to raise awareness about Ebola, as well as to sets up a program for Ebola survivors.

The 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which lasted almost two years, was the second largest in the world and by the time it ended there were 3,481 cases, 2,299 deaths and 1,162 survivors. The twelfth Ebola outbreak that occurred in and around Butembo ended after three months with 11 confirmed cases, one probable case and six deaths.

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