Congo Ebola outbreak poses high regional risk, says WHO
| Updated Aug 03, 2018 at 10:23am
Democratic Republic of Congo - An Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely spread over tens of kilometres and poses a high regional risk given its proximity to borders, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.
Four people have tested positive for Ebola in and around Mangina, a town of about 60,000 people in North Kivu province, 100 km (62 miles) from the Ugandan border, the health ministry said.
Another 20 people died from unidentified haemorrhagic fevers in the area, mostly in the second half of July.
Just last week, a previous outbreak on the other side of the Central African country was declared over after killing 33 people.
“It would appear that the risk, as we can surmise for DRC, is high. For the region it’s high given the proximity to borders, particularly Uganda,” said WHO’s emergency response chief Peter Salama.
“We are talking about tens of kilometres but I stress that this is very preliminary information at this stage.”