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KINSHASA, Congo – At least 4 new instances of the Ebola virus have emerged in Congo’s northeast, only a week after an outbreak within the northwest was declared over, the nation’s well being ministry mentioned Wednesday.
There was no indication the 2 outbreaks, separated by greater than 2,500 kilometres (1,553 miles), are associated, Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga mentioned in a press release.
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“Although we did not expect to face a tenth epidemic so early, the detection of the virus is an indicator of the proper functioning of the surveillance system,” Kalenga mentioned.
Ebola, first recognized in 1976 in Congo, jumps to people from animals together with bats and monkeys. It spreads by way of contact with bodily fluids of these contaminated, together with the useless.
The North Kivu well being division notified the well being ministry on Saturday of 26 instances of hemorrhagic fever, together with 20 deaths in North Kivu province, the ministry mentioned. Four of six samples despatched for evaluation to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, the capital, got here again constructive for Ebola, the ministry mentioned.
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North Kivu governor Julien Paluku referred to as on residents to stay calm. A crew of 12 consultants from the well being ministry will arrive in Beni on Thursday to arrange a response, the ministry mentioned. The crew contains laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, medical psychologists and docs with a cellular lab and protecting tools.
Congo’s east is unstable, with dozens of insurgent teams staging assaults and vying for mineral-rich land. The ministry mentioned it has put in place safety to guard the deployed well being care staff and the inhabitants.
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Congo on July 24 declared the tip of an Ebola outbreak that started in May within the northwest Equateur province and resulted in 54 confirmed instances, together with 33 deaths.
Health officers mentioned a fast worldwide response and vaccinations of greater than 3,300 folks had been main components in containing the outbreak.
None of Congo’s outbreaks had been related to the large one in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that started in 2014 and left greater than 11,300 useless.
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