Four people have succumbed Ebola in Wangata health zone and Mbandaka in Equateur provinces, of Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC).
This is the 11th outbreak of the disease in the country since the first outbreak in 1976. According to World Health Organization (WHO) among the 6 cases in fresh outbreak,3 have been confirmed through lab tests while the other 3 cases are probable. Four people have succumbed to the disease.
This new outbreak has come as shock and an added burden to the country which has been long battling Measles pandemic and now the global threat Covid-19. Figures from World Health Organization indicate that since 2019, there have been a total of 369,520 cases of deadly measles.
In the ongoing global Corona virus pandemic DRC has not been spared either. Report indicate as of 31st May 2020,the country had 3,195 confirmed cases, with 72 deaths.
The sad news comes barely 3 months after the country had announced the discharge of their last Ebola patient from treatment and thus marking the end of the world second deadliest Ebola epidemic.
“I applaud the tireless efforts that have been made to respond to this outbreak and am truly encouraged by the news that the last Ebola patient has left the treatment center healthy,” Doctor Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa said.
The end to the last 10th outbreak was announced with jubilation on March 3, 2020 after discharge of the last patient from the treatment center. This was after 42 days of countdown with no confirmed cases of Ebola. The epidemic outbreak that had started in 2018 in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces had 3,463 cases where 2,280 lost lives while 1171 survived.
The new cases in Democratic Republic of Congo are likely to increase since the virus is also transmitted by bats.