Highlights: A New Ebola Outbreak Kills Five People in Congo

  • The new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) killed five people including a 15-year-old girl.
  • According to UNICEF, nine cases have been reported.
  • The infected individuals are being treated at the Wangata Hospital in Mbandaka.
  • The outbreak is the 11th in the country of the deadly Ebola virus which is transmitted by bodily fluids and can have a survival rate between 10 to 50 percent.
  • The country is still struggling with an outbreak that started in 2018 in the eastern regions in which more than 3000 cases have been reported. In addition, the country is also battling with the current COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s largest measles outbreak.
  • According to CDC, bats and non-human primates are the likely source of the Ebola virus.
  • The largest epidemic of Ebola happened between 2014 and 2016 in the west African countries which includes Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea which more than 11,000 people have died.
  • UNICEF is working with the government of DRC by providing equipment, community mobilizers, waster/sanitation services, and orphan services.



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