Ebola Case Confirmed in Northwestern Congo

The National Institute of Biomedical Research confirmed a new case of Ebola in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, four months after the previous outbreak in the country ended.

The National Institute of Biomedical Research said that a 31-year-old male’s case was detected in Mbandaka, a crowded commerce hub on the Congo River’s banks where people reside nearby.

The World Health Organization said that the patient’s symptoms started on April 5, but he did not seek treatment for more than a week.

The patient was admitted to an Ebola treatment center on April 21 and died later that day.

“Time is not on our side. The disease has had a two-week head start, and we are now playing catch-up,” Moeti said.

World Health Organization said that efforts to contain Ebola have already begun in Mbandaka.

Mbandaka has road, water, and air links to Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of Congo.

Congo has seen 13 prior outbreaks of Ebola in 2018 and 2020 in the east of the country that killed nearly 2,300 people.

The last Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo infected 11 people between October and December 2021, and six died from the virus.

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