Health officials have confirmed a second Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), adding yet another health crisis for a country already battling Covid-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak.
The DRC also has not yet declared an official end to Ebola in its troubled east, where at least 2,243 people have died since an epidemic began there in August 2018.
Now Congolese health authorities have identified six cases including four fatalities in the north near Mbandaka, the World Health Organisation said on Monday.
“This is a reminder that Covid-19 is not the only health threat people face,” WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Another four people were being held in isolation at a hospital in Mbandaka, the UN’s children agency Unicef said.