In the Congolese province of North Kivu, another person succumbed to a resurgence of the Ebola epidemic. This was reported by Regional Health Minister Nzanzo Salita. The first death was reported last week. Three months ago, the latest Ebola epidemic was declared eradicated in the Congo.
According to local sources, a woman died in a village four kilometers away from the place where the first death from the Ebola virus was recorded last week. Either way they were farmers. The first killed was the wife of a man who survived Ebola.
According to the district ministry, the two women visited the health center in Njoubi. Minister Salita explained that an investigation is still underway to find out whether the second victim was infected with the first virus or if the infection occurred in another way. Last Sunday, Congolese Health Minister Etty Longondo warned of the “re-emergence” of Ebola in the country.
The country has experienced 11 outbreaks of Ebola since 1976 when the virus was first detected. The most recent one was announced three months ago. Then 130 people were infected and 55 patients died.
Another outbreak in Congo has killed more than 2,200 people in two years. Ebola spreads through body fluids and causes fever, bleeding and diarrhea. Victims often vomit, too.
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