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DR Congo Records Ebola Case Five Months After Last Outbreak

DR Congo Records Ebola Case Five Months After Last Outbreak

T he Democratic Republic of Congo has registered a case of Ebola five months after the country last experienced the outbreak. The government, in a statement, reported the case on Friday.

“The case concerns a three-year-old boy who was hospitalized and died on October 6,” the health ministry said in a statement. He added that the case was in Beni, in North Kivu province.

The sample got from the boy was sent to Goma, the provincial capital, and they found it to be positive.

Back on ground zero for the outbreak, medical teams are working around the clock to monitor about 100 contacts from the boy’s side. On top of that, they are disinfecting all health facilities, according to the ministry.

“Thanks to the experience gained in the management of the Ebola virus disease during previous epidemics, we are confident that the response teams… will manage to control this epidemic as soon as possible,” the statement said.

Earlier this year in May, the country announced the end of its 12th Ebola outbreak. They reported only 12 cases during this outbreak.

However, six people died during the outbreak and the country vaccinated hundreds.

Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever that scientists first identified in central Africa in 1976. They named the disease after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, then known as Zaire.

Human transmission is through body fluids, with the main symptoms being fever, vomiting, bleeding, and diarrhea. 

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