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Ebola eruptions spread to new city in conflict-hit Congo | News | DW



Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed a case of the deadly Ebola virus in Bunia, the second largest city in the east with a population of nearly one million people.

The patient is a six month old baby. The Ministry of Health said the parents "seem to be in good health." The Ministry has launched a study to determine how the child was infected.

Public health authorities have registered very few cases of infected babies. Given that Ebola is often transmitted by infected blood or body fluids, health experts generally believe that babies, infants and children collect the virus via breast milk or close contact with infected parents.

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  An Ebola survivor sits next to his newborn son

Public health authorities largely managed to prevent the transmission of Ebola to newborns children during the outbreak in West Africa in 2014

Under attack

] The Democratic Republic of Congo is afflicted with the second deadly eruption of Ebola, with more than 600 people killed by the virus since last August.

The worst outbreak was the 2013-16 epidemic in West Africa, which is believed to have killed more than 11,000 people.

Emergency response teams have had a difficult time, partly due to poor security in the region and community resistance to their work. Several Ebola treatment centers have been attacked by a ceasefire calling for MSFs to suspend their activities.

Ebola is a rare and highly contagious virus with a death rate of up to 90 percent, according to WHO. Symptoms include fever, intense weakness and vomiting. The incubation period ranges from two to 21 days.

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ls / rc (Reuters, dpa)


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