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DR Congo announces ‘resurgence’ of Ebola

Map showing Ebola cases and deaths in DR Congo and neighbouring Uganda.- AFP
Map showing Ebola cases and deaths in DR Congo and neighbouring Uganda.- AFP

DR CONGO: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR CONGO) on Sunday announced a "resurgence" of Ebola in its troubled east after a woman died of the disease, just three months after authorities declared the end of the country's latest outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had dispatched a team of epidemiologists to the scene of the latest death to investigate.

"We have another episode of the Ebola virus" in the Biena health zone of North Kivu province, Health Minister Eteni Longondo told state television RTNC.

"It was a farmer, the wife of a survivor of Ebola, who showed typical signs of the disease on February 1," he added.

She died on February 3, after which a sample of her blood tested positive for Ebola, the health ministry said.

DR Congo had on November 18 declared that epidemic, which lasted nearly six months in the northwestern province of Equateur, to be over. It was the country's eleventh Ebola outbreak, claiming 55 lives out of 130 cases.

The last person declared recovered from Ebola in Equateur was on October 16.

The widespread use of vaccinations, which were administered to more than 40,000 people, helped curb the disease.

The return of the virus in the country's northeast -- a region plagued by violence between armed groups -- comes as the vast African country is also fighting its own COVID-19 outbreak, with 681 deaths to date.

A previous Ebola outbreak in the DRC's east, which ran from August 1, 2018 to June 25, 2020, was the country's worst ever, with 2,277 deaths.- AFP