Health Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eteni Longondo, announced a new outbreak of Ebola in the northwest of the country on Monday, which is different from the one that has not yet ended in the east and started in August 2018.
As explained in a press conference, suspicious cases have been registered in the city of Mbandaka, the capital of Ecuador, and samples have already been sent to the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB), where the result has been positive.
“I can confirm that we have a new Ebola epidemic in Mbandaka,” said the minister, as reported by portal 7sur7. Longondo has announced that it will travel to the city “to provide technical support to the response team”.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is still active. The outbreak in North Kivu, where a case was re-registered just two days before the epidemic ended last April. However, the last patient has already recovered, so the 42-day countdown has already started to end the outbreak.