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.
“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.
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.