Ebola Outbreak: Fourth death recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola Outbreak: Fourth death recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The fourth person has died of Ebola in DR Congo


On Monday, May 23, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement that a fourth person has died in the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

WHO's spokesman, Eugene Kabambi, made the announcement while revealing that 37 suspected cases are currently being monitored since the virus re-emerged on May 12 in the north-eastern Bas-Uele province.

According to Kabambi, two were confirmed in the laboratory and three were regarded as probable Ebola cases.

He also mentioned that people who came in contact with the first case in April after 21 days of observation were declared Ebola free.

“People who were in contact with the first case reported on April 22 came out unscathed after the 21 days of observation.”

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered seven previous outbreaks of Ebola since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976. The last outbreak, in 2014, left 49 people dead.

Editor’s Note: Nigeria’s Minister of Health have put in place measures to check travellers coming into the country for Ebola. Hopefully, the Ebola outbreak does not cross-border this time around.


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