On Monday, a new Ebola outbreak was announced by the authorities in the western city of Mbandaka. The city is a trading hub of 1.5 million people on the Congo River with regular transport links to the capital Kinshasa.
Six cases have been detected so far, out of which four have died in the city.
The new outbreak is Congo’s eleventh since the virus was discovered near the Ebola river in 1976.
Health minister Eteni Longondo told the media, “We have a new Ebola epidemic in Mbandaka. We are going to very quickly send them the vaccine and medicine.”
The Ebola virus causes hemorrhagic fever and spreads through direct contact with body fluids from an infected person.
Since 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered three Ebola outbreaks. Currently, Congo is combatting a measles epidemic that has taken over 6,000 lives and a Coronavirus infection, which has infected 3,000 people and killed 71.
General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) tweeted, “This outbreak is a reminder that #COVID19 is not the only health threat people face.”