Jab drive begins in DRC after new case of Ebola

2022-08-25 08:01:28
Jab drive begins in DRC after new case of Ebola

An Ebola vaccination campaign will start in the Congolese city of Beni on Thursday after a new case of virus was confirmed this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The new case of the Ebola virus was confirmed in Congo’s eastern Beni city, the country's Ministry of Health announced on Monday, saying it is linked to a previous outbreak.

Testing by a lab at the National Institute for Biomedical Research in Goma confirmed the case was the Ebola Zaire strain and was genetically linked to Congo’s 10th outbreak in Ituri and North Kivu provinces from 2018 to 2020 that killed more than 2,000 people, the ministry said.

The case involved a 46-year-old woman who was admitted to the Beni hospital in late July and died Aug. 15 after suffering symptoms associated with Ebola.

“Our team on site in Beni has carried out a dignified and secure burial and also decontaminated the hospital where the patient stayed,” the ministry said.

There are more than 130 high-risk contacts that have been identified, of which 71 have been seen. The others remain at large, the ministry said.

Congo has recorded 14 Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered in the conflict-ridden country in 1976. The last outbreak from April to July took place in another region in Equateur province, killing five people.

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