New Ebola Case in DR Congo's North Kivu

The country's ministry of health has confirmed an Ebola death in the Beni health zone, North Kivu province. This comes barely five months after the end of the most recent outbreak detected in the same province.

The index case is a 3-year-old boy who died on October 6, 2021 in a local health facility after presenting with haemorrhagic symptoms. Samples collected tested positive for Ebola virus at the Goma reference laboratory.

In response to this new case, the African Union Commission (AUC) say it is ready to offer comprehensive support. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has redirected five members of the existing Africa CDC emergency response team in Goma and Kinshasa to support the ongoing EVD response effort of the government; and is working on the deployment of additional technical assistance,

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A World Health Organization Ebola vaccination team works in Butembo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in January 2019.

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