New Ebola Cases in Democratic Republic of Congo

New Ebola Cases in Democratic Republic of Congo

Country declared free of Ebola one week ago

 

A health worker monitors the temperature of a traveler from the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the Ebola outbreak that ended in July. The virus has now surfaced in another part of the country.
Florent Vergnes/AFP/Getty Images/npr.org

On July 24, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo declared the country’s Ebola outbreak in the Equateur province was over. The outbreak was controlled quickly and only 36 people died.

Just a week later, and 1,500 miles away, new cases of Ebola were reported near the town of Beni. 26 patients have fallen ill with hemorrhagic fever and 20 have died. Laboratory tests confirmed four patients were infected with Ebola.

Complicating health officials’ response is the region of North Kivu province is an active conflict zone. For the last decade, armed groups in the region have killed civilians and each other as they fight for control of the province’s gold, diamond, and coltan resources. WHO officials are concerned about accessing those affected by the latest new cases of Ebola.

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