The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed there is a new case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), days before the country’s largest-ever outbreak was expected to be declared over.
The international health group in an announcement on Friday, April 10, disclosed that the new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in eastern DRC. The patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier.
The new case of the deadly disease was confirmed 52 days after the last case was recorded. Until Friday, no new cases had been registered since February 17.
“Preliminary information shows that he is a 26-year-old man in Beni territory,” the multisectoral committee for the response to the epidemic said in a statement.
“Our teams, in collaboration with the WHO, are already on the ground to deepen the investigations and implement public health actions,” the statement from WHO read.
Monday, April 13 was already set to declare an end to the outbreak which emerged in August 2018