Number of confirmed Ebola cases in Democratic Republic of the Congo rises to 6, 2 people dead

February 19, 2021

The Health Minister of the North Kivu province Eugene Nzanzu Salita said the number of confirmed cases of the Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has reached six, with two people having died. He disclosed that the vaccination is underway, as the new outbreak of Ebola started in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in early February.

The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals and is estimated by the World Health Organisation to have a 50-per-cent fatality rate.

Ebola is named after the DR Congo’s Ebola River, near which the virus was discovered by Belgian microbiologist Peter Piot and his team in 1976.

The largest Ebola outbreak took place in West Africa from 2014 to 2015, with more than 11,000 people have died and some 28,000 cases reported. 

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