A new confirmed case of Ebola infection was reported Tuesday in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after 29 days of unregistered fears of a resurgence of the epidemic that has already caused 2,235 deaths.
According to the latest Ebola Response Committee newsletter, the patient, a 40-year-old man, was in contact with an infected person who died in December.
According to health authorities, “at least 108 contacts related to this case were identified, including 14 members of the same family”.
Beni's health region is "reinfected again from the Bundji health zone, where the displaced patients are waiting for the Ebola vaccine," the authorities added.
For Bibiche Matadi, from the Ebola control team in Beni, this situation originated from the issuing of late warnings and misinformation among the population.
DRC faces an Ebola epidemic that was declared in August 2018 and is currently affecting the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.
Disease response activities are regularly discontinued due to insecurity caused by violence in these areas where armed groups operate.
The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, for example, announced in early December the withdrawal of its teams from the Biakato mine region, where three officials were killed in an armed attack in late November.
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