New Ebola outbreak in DR Congo as 17 infected and 11 confirmed dead


Reports has it that the Democratic Republic of the Congo has recorded 17 Ebola cases in a new outbreak of the deadly virus in the western province of Equateur and 11 of those infected have died, health officials reported on Monday through Africa-News.
There was a reported case of 12 infections last week in the central African country, whose dilapidated health system is also combating a measles epidemic that has killed more than 6,000 people and COVID-19, which has infected about 4,800 and killed 112.
The National Institute of Biomedical Research earlier reported that there are now 14 confirmed Ebola cases and three probable ones since a cluster of infections was confirmed in the city of Mbandaka on June 1.
The Ebola cases were confirmed in seven health zones across Equateur, including two in Bolomba, 300km (186 miles) northeast of Mbandaka, the World Health Organization said in an update.
WHO reported that more than 2,500 people have been vaccinated across the province. The vaccination has helped control an Ebola outbreak 1,000km away in the east of the country that has killed more than 2,200 since 2018. Africa-News reports.


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