Person infected with Ebola in Congo has died - U.N. health agency

Lydia Fleming
May 13, 2017

The WHO says that tests reflected the disease's presence in the body of the victim - one of nine people in the remote northeast corner of the country to contract hemorrhagic fever since April 22.

"Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of global significance", the ministry said.

Clinical tests by the World Health Organization tested one of the bodies positive of the Ebola after the patient fell sick of haemorrhagic fever along the borders the Central African Republic.

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The last outbreak of Ebola in the DRC was in 2014, when dozens of people died.

The WHO said the outbreak affects an equatorial forest region in Bas-Uele province, bordering Central African Republic.

DRC's Minister of Health, Oly Ilunga, confirmed the outbreak in a television address. "We always take this very seriously", the WHO's Congo spokesman, Eugene Kabambi, said.This latest Ebola outbreak is Congo's eighth, the most of any country.

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This marks the eighth outbreak of the deadly virus since it was first discovered 1976.

In 2014, more than 11,300 people were killed in the worst-ever outbreak of the virus in West Africa, majority in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In the early days of the world's experience with Ebola, outbreaks in DRC numbered in the hundreds of cases - which was large at the time.

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After the 2014-15 epidemic, the World Health Organization response team concluded that the risk of human infection remained unpredictable, meaning that future outbreaks were possible, but that large epidemics could be prevented with a rapid response. There were three deaths, including the patient who tested positive.

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