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Ebola crisis: Congolese Province Confirms New Ebola Cases

Kinshasa, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) A woman and her young son have became this Friday the first confirmed cases of Ebola in the province of South Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), raising further fears about its spread.


WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed the identified cases, as retweeted by the agency's office in Kinshasa.

Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained that the woman in question had traveled from Beni (epicenter of the outbreak reported on August 1, 2018) to Mwenga, located southwest of Bukavu (capital of South Kivu).

Despite the calls for calm from the authorities, and the positive results of vaccines and experimental drugs, some sectors of the population have voiced alarm, after the epidemic left 905 dead, according to WHO data.


Up until August 13, the official figures reveal 2,842 identified cases (including 94 probable) and 844 survivors.

For more than a year, the disease was contained in the neighboring provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. With its arrival in South Kivu, the threat to Burundi and Tanzania increases.

The struggle against this outbreak has encountered additional difficulties due to the population's rejection of experimental treatments and the action of dozens of armed groups - some of them from Rwanda and Uganda - that have attacked health centers and medical personnel. lrg/cg/tac/mem / ro (Plenglish)

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