Fears are growing that Democratic Republic of the Congo is experiencing its 10th outbreak of Ebola only days after the country’s health ministry announced the end of an outbreak in Equateur province.
The Ministry of Health has reported that four samples from patients suffering from fever in the health area of Mangina, in North Kivu, have tested positive for Ebola Virus Disease. More than 20 people are suffering from fever in this area and further tests are being carried out in the capital Kinshasa to confirm the outbreak.
A team of four Red Cross volunteers has been deployed to a hospital in the city of Beni, some 30km from Mangina. The local committee of the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has received personal protective equipment from WHO and the Ministry of Health.
The presumed outbreak is taking place in an area that has been affected by conflict since 2004, which may complicate the humanitarian response.
The DRC Red Cross has responded to all past Ebola outbreaks in the country and has a strong, in-country network of experts. Local Red Cross volunteers were deployed in Mbandaka, Bikoro, Iboko and remote areas of Itipo to support communities affected by the most recent outbreak which was only declared over in late July.