Positive for Ebola triggers all alarms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have reported evidence of a positive Ebola virus in Butsili in the North Kivu region, which has sparked all alarms about the risk of a new outbreak of the disease.

This is a three-year-old boy with symptoms such as general weakness, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing and blood in the vomit who died on October 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.

Positive for Ebola triggers all alarms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Positive for Ebola triggers all alarms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The case could be related to three other deaths in the same area: two children and their father who lived near the confirmed case. These three patients died on September 14, 19, and 29 after developing symptoms consistent with Ebola, but they were not tested.

A Congolese and WHO investigation team was dispatched to the area to follow up the contacts as safe burials were not carried out.

On May 3, the end of the twelfth Ebola epidemic discovered in the country was declared, which had also started on February 7 in North Kivu, specifically in the cities of Butembo, Byena, Katwa and Musienene.

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