The World Health Organization said Monday that health officials have confirmed the second outburst of the Ebola in Congo. This gives countries that are already fighting COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outburst added another health crisis.
Congo has not officially announced the end of its turbulent eastern Ebola outburst. Since the Ebola outbreak was there in August 2018, at least 2,243 people have died.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adnan Gibre Yesus said that Congolese health authorities have now found six cases in the north near Mbandaka, encountering four deaths.
He explored that: “This reminds people that COVID-19 is not the only health threat people face.”
UNICEF said four other people were in isolation in a hospital in Mbandaka.
Congolese health minister Dr. Eteny Longondo said the victim died on May 18, but test results confirmed that the Ebola virus only returned on weekends. WHO said it already has teams on the ground.
This is the eleventh Ebola virus attack on the province since the Ebola virus was first discovered in Congo in 1976. Only two years ago, the outbreak caused 33 deaths and the disease was brought under control a few months later.
The most recent case was found in the Wangata Health District near the port city of Mbandaka. There are about 1.2 million people.
COVID-19 has reached 7 out of 25 Congolese provinces. This is with the inclusion of more than 3,000 confirmed cases and 72 deaths. Anyway, like many African countries, Congo’s tests are extremely limited. Further observers worry that the real losses may be higher. Although Ebola virus and COVID-19 have attracted more international attention, measles has killed more Congolese than these diseases combined. The WHO explored that since 2019 there have been 369,520 measles cases and 6,779 deaths.