Another Ebola outbreak hits DRC days after previous outbreak declared over

Congo confirms 4 Ebola cases week after outbreak ends

Ebola kills 20 in Congo days after last outbreak ended | TheHill

The North Kivu health division notified the DRC Ministry of Health on 28 July that there were 26 cases of hemorrhagic fever in the area, with 20 deaths.

At least 20 people are dead amid a new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just days after the country's Ministry of Health declared the last outbreak officially over.

The two outbreaks are separated by more than 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles).

The province shares borders with Rwanda and Uganda with a great deal of cross-border movement due to the trade activities, which, World Health Organization warned, could increase the risk of possible spread of the virus.

Four of six samples sent for analysis to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, the capital, came back positive for Ebola, the ministry said.

A World Health Organization worker gives an Ebola vaccination to a front line aid worker who will then go to vaccinate locals.

The ministry said a team of 12 virus hunters would arrive in Beni, a city of about a quarter million residents near the epicenter of the outbreak, by Thursday.

Authorities have not yet revealed how many cases have been detected.

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The North Kivu is Congo's third Ebola outbreak in 2018, but officials this time have large supplies of vaccines and the means to educate the country's population about symptoms.

That is more than twice as many as any other country.

Ebola is endemic in the DRC, which now has had 10 outbreaks since the virus first was discovered there in 1976.

The DRC said there was no evidence to suggest the new outbreak was connected to the previous event, which resulted in 54 confirmed illnesses, 33 of them fatal.

Transmission among humans then typically spreads through close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of someone who is sick with Ebola or has recently died.

An outbreak from 2014 to 2016 killed over 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The average fatality rate is around 50 percent, varying from 25 percent to 90 percent, according to the WHO.

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