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DRC confirms 3rd Ebola case

A health worker vaccinates a man in the DRC at the 2021 vaccination campaign. Photo: BBC

The Ministry of Health in Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed a 3rd case of Ebola in Mbandaka on 4 May, the WHO says.

The 48-year old man is a high-risk contact of the first patient, who passed away on April 21, WHO confirmed on Twitter.

Responders have identified 444 contacts and continue to monitor their health.

Meanwhile, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus via twitter says the WHO is supporting DRC in the Mbandaka Ebola response with vaccination of contacts & front-line workers; preventing transmission in health facilities & communities; diagnostics, sequencing & understanding the outbreak source; & preventing sexual harassment & exploitation.

The current outbreak is Congo’s 14th in the history of the hemorrhagic fever.

Editing by Muzha Kucha