Second Ebola case confirmed in eastern Congo – Health official says
Oct 14. 2021
A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a health official said on Thursday, a week after a young boy died of the disease, raising fears of another outbreak. read more
A 42-year-old woman tested positive in the city of Beni on Wednesday, the same day that medics began an Ebola vaccination campaign there, city health official Michel Tosalisana said.
Beni was an epicentre of the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 1,000 others. The most recent confirmed flare-up of the deadly virus ended in May after killing six people.
The World Health Organization said three people from the same neighbourhood of Beni died in September after experiencing symptoms associated with Ebola, which can include severe vomiting, haemorrhaging and diarrhoea.
It is not yet clear whether the latest cases are linked to previous outbreaks, health officials have said.