DRC Announces New Ebola Cluster With 4 Confirmed Cases In Conflict-Hit North Kivu Province

CIDRAP News: DRC confirms new Ebola cluster days after outbreak declared over
“[Wednesday] the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said four people in the Eastern part of the country tested positive for Ebola virus, one week after the country declared an 11-week outbreak in the Western region over. The DRC said there was no evidence to suggest the new outbreak was connected to the previous event, which resulted in 54 confirmed illnesses, 33 of them fatal…” (Soucheray, 8/1).

The Hill: Ebola hits Congo days after last outbreak ended
“…The Health Ministry said Wednesday that local officials in North Kivu Province had sounded warnings over the weekend when they discovered 26 cases of what appeared to be a hemorrhagic fever. Health officials flew six blood samples to the capital of Kinshasa, where four tested positive for the Ebola virus…” (Wilson, 8/1).

New York Times: Deadly Ebola Strikes Anew, a Week After Previous Outbreak Was Extinguished
“…The latest outbreak was the 10th time that Ebola, a contagious affliction that can quickly spread out of control, has menaced the Democratic Republic of Congo, a sprawling Central African country about twice the size of Texas. The virus, which causes fevers and fatal hemorrhaging, first appeared in the country in 1976…” (Gladstone et al., 8/1).

Reuters: Congo declares new Ebola outbreak in eastern province
“…A team of 12 experts from Congo’s health ministry will arrive in Beni on Thursday to set up a mobile lab, the ministry said. The World Health Organization has started moving staff and supplies to the area, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said…” (Mahamba et al., 8/1).

STAT: New Ebola outbreak declared in DRC a week after earlier one declared over
“… ‘This new cluster is occurring in an environment which is very different from where we were operating in the northwest,’ Dr. Peter Salama, deputy director general for emergency preparedness and response at the World Health Organization, said in a statement. ‘This is an active conflict zone. The major barrier will be safely accessing the affected population’…” (Branswell, 8/1).

U.N. News: New cluster of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — World Health Organization
“…North Kivu hosts over one million displaced people. The province shares borders with Rwanda and Uganda with a great deal of cross-border movement due to the trade activities, which could increase the risk of possible spread of the virus. WHO said it will ‘continue to work with neighboring countries to ensure health authorities are alerted and prepared to respond'” (8/1).

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