Congo health minister confirms new Ebola outbreak

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 1st, 2020 4:03 pm

The health minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday confirmed a new Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka, a city of more than 1 million people along the Congo River in the northwest region of the country.

During a press briefing, Health Minister Eteni Longondo reported that samples from the city tested positive for Ebola. He said treatment for the disease would arrive shortly.

"The National Institute of Biomedical Research has confirmed to me that samples from Mbandaka tested positive for Ebola," Longondo said. "We will send them the vaccine and medicine very quickly."

Congo officials told the World Health Organization that six cases have been identified, four of which have died.

The current Ebola outbreak has killed 2,280 people since August 2018. Health officials have predicted that the epidemic will be over by June 25, provided there are no new cases reported for 42 days.

? The newest Ebola outbreak is the 11th in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1976.


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