The World Health Organization (WHO), in a press release, has noted that a new case of the Ebola virus disease was confirmed in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“While not welcome news, this is an event we anticipated. We kept response teams in Beni and other high-risk areas for precisely this reason,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
The release noted that “as part of the active Ebola surveillance system in place to respond to this ongoing outbreak in DRC, thousands of alerts are still being investigated every day. An alert is a person who has symptoms that could be due to Ebola, or any death in a high-risk area that could have been as a result of Ebola.”
It also stated that attempts are being made to find everyone who may have been in contact with the affected person to offer them the vaccine and monitor their health status.
“WHO has worked side by side with health responders from the DRC for over 18 months, and our teams are right now supporting the investigation into this latest case,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic adds challenges, we will continue this joint effort until we can declare the end of this Ebola outbreak together.”
Before this, the last person who was confirmed to have Ebola in DRC tested negative twice and was discharged from a treatment center on March 3, 2020.
As of April 10, 2020, 3456 confirmed and probable cases and 2276 deaths have occurred as a result of the outbreak.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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