Congo Witnesses Fresh Waves of Ebola Outbreak
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently facing yet another outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease, amid its measles outbreak and COVID-19 woes.
This comes before an earlier outbreak had ended in its eastern region. According to the country’s health ministry, the new cases had been located in Mbandaka, in Équateur province.
Six cases have been identified with four recorded deaths.
In 2018, this region had witnessed a relatively small number of outbreaks, with 53 infections and 29 deaths. The Ebola outbreak was curtailed by health officials who rapidly deployed vaccine around the region. The Ebola virus disease is a severe and often fatal disease that can spread through person-person contact.
Resources and attention has been diverted from the facilities across the country to fighting previous Ebola outbreaks.
This new outbreak now threatens the country’s already-stretched health system.
Congo also continues to deal with its measles crisis, as it now has the world’s largest measles outbreak, while trying to curb the spread of coronavirus cases. Since 2019, the country has seen over 332,00 measles cases, and has recorded the deaths of over 2,300 children under the age of 5, from its measles outbreak.
The country has recorded over 3,195 confirmed cases, with 2,896 cases recorded in Kinshasa.