The government of Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola after at least two people were infected and possibly as many as 17 died — from the disease in the country’s northwest.
Congo’s health ministry said in a statement the five samples sent to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, two came back positive for the Zaire strain of Ebola in the country’s Equateur Province.
Before the outbreak was confirmed, local health officials reported 21 patients with signs of hemorrhagic fever. Seventeen of them later died.
“Ebola is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as they infect other animals with which they share trees, such as monkeys. Ebola often spreads to humans via infected bushmeat.”
The Ministry of Health, which recognizes that the DRC is facing a ninth epidemic of the Ebola virus, ensures that the country has well-trained human resources in this area.
“The Ministry of Health has made all the necessary arrangements to respond quickly and effectively to this new epidemic of Ebola in the DRC,” the statement said.