WHO confirms fresh case of Ebola in DRC after 52 days




In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Nigerian health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world’s most virulent diseases, authorities said Wednesday, as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, has confirmed a case of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after 52 days without a case.

The UN’s health agency disclosed this on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday.

“One new case of Ebola was confirmed today by surveillance and response teams in North Eastern of DRC after 52 days without a case.

“WHO remains as committed as ever to bringing this outbreak to an end,’’ it said.

The agency on Monday,  said the government of DRC would declare the outbreak over as early as Sunday if there were no more cases.

The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, in a Twitter post, said: “Today I convened a meeting of the Emergency Committee on Ebola in DRC.

“After 52 days without a case, surveillance and response teams on the ground have confirmed a new case; we have been preparing for and expecting more cases.

“Unfortunately, this means the government of DRC will not be able to declare an end to the Ebola outbreak on Monday, as hoped.

“But WHO remains on the ground and committed as ever to working with the government, affected communities and our partners to end the outbreak,”  he said. (NAN)

Source:NAN




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