Congo Declares New Ebola Outbreak After Man Dies, WHO Says

Bloomberg — The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared an Ebola outbreak after a 31-year-old man in Mbandaka in the north western province of Equateur who died was found to be infected.

This man first noticed symptoms around April 5. He was then admitted to Ebola treatment centre for intensive care. However, he died from the disease later that day. According to the World Health Organization, investigations are underway into the origin of the virus.

“Time is not on our side,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa. “The disease has had a two-week head start and we are now playing catch-up.”

The outbreak is the third in the province since 2018 and Congo’s 14th since 1976.

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