2nd confirmed death in DR Congo



A second Ebola-related death has been confirmed in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local media reported.

The victim on Sunday was an 11-year-old girl who had been admitted to the Beni General Reference Hospital several days ago.

In recent weeks, no new cases have been reported until Friday, when a 26-year-old man died of Ebola in the city of Beni, Congolese authorities and the World Health Organization announced ( WHO).

As a result, the DRC government will not be able to declare the end of the Ebola epidemic on Monday, as hoped for, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week.

The recent Ebola outbreak in DR Congo since it was declared in August 2018 has killed more than 2,200 people, with 3,310 cases reported.

Ebola – a tropical fever that first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the DRC – can be transmitted to humans through wild animals.

It could also be spread through contact with bodily fluids, infected people, or those who have succumbed to the virus.

The Ebola virus caused a global alarm in 2014 when the worst epidemic in the world started in West Africa, killing more than 11,300 people and infecting around 28,600 people as it crossed Liberia, Guinea and the Sierra Leone.

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