WARNING: CORONAVIRUS & EBOLA BOTH COME As A Second Wave Of Pandemic Hit DR Congo
Jun. 02, 2020
A second outbreak of Ebola has hit DR Congo as the country continues to battle the coronavirus
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has yet to officially declare an end to Ebola after an epidemic of the disease broke out in August 2018, claiming the lives of at least 2,243 people.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Congolese authorities have identified six cases including four deaths of Ebola the north near Mbandaka.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said in a statement: “This is a reminder that Covid-19 is not the only health threat people face."
Four other people are being held in isolation at a hospital in Mbandaka, Unicef said.
The victims died on May 18 but test results confirming Ebola only came back over the weekend, according to Congolese health minister Eteni Longondo.
The WHO said it already had teams on the ground.
Health minister Eteni Longondo told reporters: “We have a new Ebola epidemic in Mbandaka. We are going to very quickly send them the vaccine and medicine.”
This announcement marks the eleventh time Ebola has hit the province since the virus was first discovered in Congo in 1976.
Two years ago an outbreak killed 33 people before the disease was brought under control in a matter of months. See below:
The latest cases turned up in Wangata health zone near the port city of Mbandaka, which is home to 1.2 million people.
The Ebola virus causes a fever and it is spread through direct contact with body fluids from an infected person, who suffers severe vomiting and diarrhoea.