The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced a new outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He wrote about this on his page on Twitter.
Six cases of the disease were identified in the west of the country, four of them with a fatal outcome, said Gebreyesus. He added that WHO staff are already in the region and are assisting the Ministry of Health of the DR Congo.
At the same time, the head of the organization emphasized that the Ebola outbreak is a reminder that a new coronavirus infection is not the only threat to human health.
It was expected that DR Congo will be able to declare a complete victory over Ebola on April 13. However, on April 10, 52 days after the last person recovered, a new case of infection was recorded.
Ebola virus disease is an acute viral infection that affects humans and certain animal species. The Ebola epidemic erupted in West Africa several years ago and mainly affected three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC began in late July 2018. In July 2019, WHO qualified the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Congo as an international emergency.