Congo declares new Ebola outbreak in eastern province


GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A new Ebola virus outbreak has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Governor Julien Paluku said on Wednesday, a week after the country declared an end to a separate outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest.

FILE PHOTO: Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) workers talk to a worker at an isolation facility, prepared to receive suspected Ebola cases, at the Mbandaka General Hospital, in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe/File Photo

The latest outbreak was found in the province of North Kivu, near the Congo’s border with Uganda.

Ebola virus confirmed in North Kivu,” Paluku wrote on Twitter. “I call for calm and prudence.”

Authorities did not immediately say how many cases had been detected. Congo’s health ministry said on Monday that it had found 25 cases of fever near the town of Beni and that samples had been sent to the capital Kinshasa for testing.

This is the central African country’s 10th outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the virus was discovered near the eponymous river in the north.

Congolese and international health officials deployed an experimental vaccine during the last outbreak, which helped contain its spread after it reached a large river port city..

Reporting By Fiston Mahamba; writing by Aaron Ross; editing by Edward McAllister, Larry King

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