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  • Updated: August 22, 2022

Congo Confirms Ebola Linked To 2018 Outbreak

A new case of the Ebola virus infection has been confirmed in the city of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

This is according to the country’s National Institute for Biomedical Research.

The announcement of the newly case of the Ebola was made on Monday, giving flashbacks of the outbreak in 2018.

Two days earlier, the World Health Organization said authorities were investigating a suspected case in Beni after the death of a 46-year-old woman.

The woman had shown symptoms consistent with the Ebola disease.

Genetic sequencing showed the case is linked to the 2018-2020 outbreak in North Kivu province, which killed nearly 2,300 people.

Congo’s dense tropical forests are a natural reservoir for the Ebola virus, which causes fever, body aches, and diarrhoea.

Since 1976, the country has recorded 14 outbreaks of the Ebola virus, according to Aljazeera.

Ebola is a deadly communicable virus and can sometimes linger in the eyes, central nervous system and bodily fluids of survivors and flare up years later.

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