New Ebola Cases Reported In DRC, Including One In Beni After 23 Days With No New Infections

Agence France-Presse: New Ebola case in eastern DR Congo, first in 23 days
“A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in an area where authorities believed the epidemic had been brought under control after 23 days without any fresh infections. In an update issued on Friday, the health ministry said the new case had been discovered in the conflict-wracked Beni region…” (2/23).

CIDRAP News: Ebola returns to Beni — survivor transmission suspected
“…[The] announcement also noted five other new cases, including four from two current hot spots. … Authorities are also investigating 179 suspected Ebola cases. [Friday’s] six new cases lift the outbreak total to 859 cases, which includes 794 confirmed and 65 probable infections…” (Schnirring, 2/22).

Deutsche Welle: Germany boosts support for tackling DR Congo Ebola outbreak
“Germany, Japan, and Australia have increased their support for the fight against an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The three countries will provide an additional $20 million (€17.6 million) to the World Health Organization and the U.N. children’s fund UNICEF. Half the sum will be used for an emergency response to the deadly hemorrhagic virus…” (2/23).