A case of ebola has been found in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in February 2021, fueling fears that a new outbreak may occur.
Possible New Outbreak
Ebola Case Detected In Eastern DRC. “A new case of the Ebola virus has been detected in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo near the city of Butembo, and the infected person has died, the health ministry said on Sunday. A woman was found with symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus in the town of Biena on Feb. 1 and died in hospital in Butembo on Feb. 3. She was married to a man who had contracted the virus in a previous outbreak.” [France 24]
Would Be 12th Ebola Outbreak In Congo. ““The provincial response team is already hard at work. It will be supported by the national response team which will visit Butembo shortly,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The announcement potentially marks the start of the DRC’s 12th Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered near the Ebola River in 1976, more than double any other country.” [AlJazeera]
Recent Health Issues
130 Died In Latest Ebola Outbreak. “It comes nearly three months after Congo announced the end to its 11th outbreak hundreds of miles away in the west. That outbreak, which infected 130 people and killed 55, overlapped with an earlier one in the east that killed more than 2200 people, the second-highest death toll in the disease’s history.” [The Age]
Congo Is Already Dealing With COVID-19. “The emergence of more cases could complicate efforts to eradicate COVID-19, which has infected 23,600 people and killed 681 in Democratic Republic of Congo. A vaccination campaign is expected to start in the first half of this year.” [Reuters]