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WHO Reports New Ebola Outbreak In North-West DR Congo

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WHO Reports New Ebola Outbreak In North-West DR Congo

UN News reports that the infected patient was a 31-year-old man who began experiencing symptoms on April 5, 2022.

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have declared a new outbreak of Ebola after a case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the north-western Equateur Province, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

UN News reports that the infected patient was a 31-year-old man who began experiencing symptoms on April 5, 2022. On April 21, 2022, he was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre for intensive care but died later that day.

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However, one case has been confirmed and investigations to determine the source of the outbreak are ongoing.

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Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, says DRC health authorities have more experience than anyone else in the world at controlling Ebola outbreaks quickly.

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There have been fourteen Ebola outbreaks in the country since 1976. The new outbreak is the sixth since 2018 – the most frequent occurrence in the country’s Ebola history, according to the UN health agency.

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Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

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