Congolese Ebola alert: Three new cases confirmed

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Three more news cases of the Ebola virus were confirmed in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bringing to five the total number of those identified in the last 10 days.

The relevant announcement for the three new infections was made on Monday (18/10) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Three of the five people confirmed to be infected with the virus have died.

Health officials say the recent outbreak of the virus appears to be linked to his previous big outbreak that occurred in the period 2018-2020, when more than 2,200 people died from it and more than 1,000 others were infected.

Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during Ebola outbreak

The cases, according to the Athens News Agency, quoted by Reuters, were identified on Saturday in the district of Bucili, near the city of Beni, which was the epicenter of the great outbreak of the virus, the WHO said in a statement.

Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during latent infections. Another outbreak linked to the 2018-20 epidemic was identified in February and limited to May after six deaths.

Vaccines have played a key role in reducing recent outbreaks much faster. Last week, health workers began vaccinating people who had come in contact with the cases using a vaccine made by Merck. This is one of two vaccines available against Ebola, the other being made by Johnson & Johnson.

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