On Sunday, the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced the re-emergence of the Ebola virus in the east of the country, after the death of a woman as a result of the disease, 3 months after announcing the end of the previous wave of the epidemic.
“The Ebola virus has appeared again,” Congolese Health Minister Etieni Longondo told state television.
He explained that “the new wave of the Ebola virus” was identified in the region of Biena, North Kivu, in the east of the country, noting that the victim “is a farmer, who is the wife of an Ebola survivor, and she showed symptoms associated with this disease on the first of February.”
The woman died on the third of February, and an analysis of a sample of her blood before her death showed that she was infected with the Ebola virus, the ministry said in a statement.
On November 18, 2020, the authorities announced the end of the 11th wave of the Ebola virus in the northwestern state of Equateur, which resulted in the death of 55 people out of 130 infections.
The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans by infected animals. It is transmitted between humans through body secretions, and its main symptoms are fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.
The tenth wave of Ebola, which began in August 2018 and ended in June 2020 in the east of the country, and is the strongest so far, resulted in the death of 2,287 people out of 3,470 infected people.