Second Ebola Death In DR Congo: WHO
Sumaira FH 19 days ago Fri 12th February 2021 | 09:40 AM
Beni, DR Congo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Feb, 2021 ) :A second person has died of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following a resurgence of the disease, three months after authorities declared the end of the country's latest outbreak, the WHO said on Thursday.
The woman was linked to the first fatality in the Biena health zone of North Kivu province, it added.
Since the West African Ebola crisis of 2013-16 -- which left 11,300 dead across the region -- the WHO has eyed each new outbreak with great concern, treating the most recent Congolese epidemic as an international health emergency.
DR Congo had on November 18 declared that the epidemic, which lasted nearly six months in the northwestern province of Equateur, was over. It was the country's eleventh Ebola outbreak, claiming 55 lives out of 130 cases.
The widespread use of vaccinations, which were administered to more than 40,000 people, helped curb the disease.
The return of the virus in the country's northeast -- a region plagued by violence between armed groups -- comes as the vast African country is also fighting its own Covid-19 outbreak, with 681 deaths to date.