Friday , January 15 2021

Two Ebola infections 700 kilometers from earlier outbreak in Congo NOW

Two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the two affected people died. According to local authorities, the new infections were detected in South Kivu province, 700 kilometers from the previous outbreak in Goma in the eastern North Kivu province.

It's about a 24-year-old woman and her child. The woman, who was vaccinated, died on Tuesday after traveling to South Kivu by bus and boat. A government team identified 120 contacts of the woman and twenty of them have been vaccinated since.

The virus reached Goma, the largest city in Eastern Congo, in July. Three residents of this city became infected and two of them died.

Following these deaths, neighboring Rwanda decided to close the border temporarily, with the exception of Congolese who wanted to leave Rwanda. The border opened again after eight hours.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the earlier Ebola outbreak in Congo on July 17 as an international health crisis.

The outbreak in Congo has been in control since August 2018 and has cost more than eighteen hundred people so far. More than 2,500 people are infected.

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