Congo faces second Ebola outbreak as it tries to curb measles and coronavirus

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday activated its response to a new outbreak of Ebola in the northwest of the country, while the epidemic of the contagious disease continues in the northeast, causing more than 2,200 deaths. The second outbreak, declared on Monday in Mbandaka, capital of Equateur province, worsens the already delicate health situation of this Central African country, which is currently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic (72 deaths and 3,326 infections) and the worst measles outbreak in the world (6,779 deaths and 369,520 cases), among other ills.

This is a reminder that Covid-19 is not the only health threat facing the world.

The epidemic in Mbandaka, a highly commercial city of more than one million people on the Congo River about 600 km from Kinshasa, has caused eight cases and four deaths since contagion was reported on May 11, according to the DRC’s National Multisectoral Committee for Response to Ebola (CEMR).

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