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DRC: 3rd Ebola case confirmed, in urban area

DRC: 3rd Ebola case confirmed, in urban area

The latest outbreak of Ebola has spread to a large city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the country's health minister.

"One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo", the UN's health agency said in a statement.

The WHO is anxious about the disease reaching the city of Mbandaka with a population of about 1 million people, which would make the outbreak far harder to tackle.

WHO is deploying around 30 experts to conduct surveillance in the city and is working with the Ministry of Health and partners to engage with communities on prevention and treatment and the reporting of new cases.

This is the ninth time that the DRC has been dealing with the Ebola epidemic since 1976.

Congolese Health Ministry officials carry the first batch of experimental Ebola vaccines in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on May 16, 2018.

Ebola is most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in victims owing to damage done to blood vessels.

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He said one sample proved positive for the deadly Ebola virus, bringing to three the number of confirmed Ebola cases in three health zones.

The first batch of 4,000 doses of vaccine was already being flown to Kinshasa, and the World Health Organization plans to send a second batch of 4,000 doses in coming days, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

Three nurses are among the suspected cases, and one is among the dead.

Congo has reported 23 deaths among the 44 suspected, probable and confirmed cases.

The latest outbreak is believed to have killed 23people so far in the country.

Out of the 20 persons died in DRC, 3 are health workers, Director of the Center John Nkengasong said.


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