DRC Health Officials Announce New Ebola Case Detected In City Of Nearly 1M

CIDRAP News: Spike in Ebola cases continues in DRC
“According to the World Health Organization’s Ebola dashboard, officials [Wednesday] recorded 12 new Ebola cases in the ongoing outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The cases bring the outbreak’s total to 980 cases, including 606 deaths…” (Soucheray, 3/20).

Deutsche Welle: Ebola outbreak spreads to new city in conflict-hit Congo
“The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed a case of the deadly Ebola virus in Bunia, the second-largest city in the country’s east with a population of nearly one million people. The patient is a six-month-old baby. The Health Ministry said the parents ‘appear to be in good health.’ The ministry has launched an investigation to determine how the baby was infected…” (3/21).

PBS NewsHour: Can Uganda block Ebola’s spread from neighboring Congo?
“Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of Congo are suffering from the second-worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history, with more than 500 dead so far. Neighboring Uganda is watching with concern as the crisis unfolds, wary of allowing Ebola to spread to its people. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on measures Uganda is taking at its borders in an effort to keep Ebola out…” (3/20).

Reuters: Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to city of Bunia
“…The current outbreak is the second-deadliest in history behind the 2013-16 epidemic in West Africa that is believed to have killed more than 11,000 people. Five Ebola centers have been attacked since last month, sometimes by armed assailants. The violence led French medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to suspend its activities at the epicenter of the outbreak last month” (Mahamba/Ross, 3/20).

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