'Ebola epidemic Congo is entering a new phase'

'Ebola epidemic Congo is entering a new phase'

World May 17, 2018 06:27

kinshasa - With the discovery of a new case of the infectious Ebola disease in the city of Mbandaka in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ebola outbreak has entered a new phase. That is stated by the health minister of Congo, Oly Ilunga Kalenga.

The World Health Organization WHO, which started to provide vaccines in the Congo, has voiced concerns about the news that the disease has reached the city of Mbandaka. As a result, the outbreak, which is estimated to have killed 23 people, is much more difficult to combat.

Mbandaka is a city with about one million inhabitants, located on the river Congo, a transit port for trade and transport to the capital Kinshasa. So far, the 23 fatalities were mainly detected in more isolated areas, where it was even easier for authorities to control the virus.

'We are entering a new phase of the ebola outbreak that now affects three areas, including an urban environment,' said the minister. 'Our health professionals try to identify as many people as possible who have had contact with potentially infected people. '

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