5 Infected as New Wave of Ebola Hits DRC Congo

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A new wave of the Ebola disease has hit the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has experienced the outbreak amid the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The outbreak of the disease has so far infected five individuals in the country, according to the information from UNICEF, who also revealed that among the five victims is a girl aged 15 years.

“Four additional people who contracted the virus — all contacts of the deceased and including the child of one of the fatal cases — are being treated in an isolation unit at the Wangata Hospital in Mbandaka,” UNICEF said in a statement, further revealing when the disease occurred.

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“The deaths occurred between the 18th and 30th of May but they were only confirmed as Ebola-related yesterday,” UNICEF added in a statement.

Ebola is a deadly virus that is contracted through body fluids and it invaded DRC in 2018 through the Eastern part of the country.

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According to WHO, around 3,406 individuals have been infected by the virus with 2,243 deaths confirmed. The country is experiencing a hard time as it is fighting against two deadly enemies, Covid-19 and Ebola.

“The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is in its final phase, while the country also battles COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak,” WHO said in a statement.

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