DR Congo confirms two new Ebola cases, one far from the centre of outbreak

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Health workers dressed in protective gear begin their shift at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo DRC, July 16, 2019,Jerome Delay/ AP Photo

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Thursday confirmed two new cases of Ebola, as stated by the country’s provincial Health Minister Eugene Nzanzu Salita, one of the cases is far from the centre of the outbreak.

FILE – In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019 file photo, health workers dressed in protective gear begin their shift at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo DRC. The World Health Organization said Friday Nov. 22, 2019, there has been “a very dangerous and alarming development” in efforts to end the Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo, warning that the eruption of violence may re-ignite the epidemic. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
The cases were found in Katwa and in Manguredjipa, which is about 150 km west of the city of Butembo, where all the previous cases have been clustered.

One of the new cases was a known contact of another patient, but investigations are underway for the second to know how he might have been infected, said  Minister Salita.

Congo now has six confirmed Ebola cases and two deaths since it declared a resurgence of the disease on February 7.

On Thursday, World Health Organization (WHO) announced more than 11,000 Ebola vaccines are expected in Guinea, which has equally been hard hit by Ebola cases, this weekend.

(With input from agencies)

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