Two recovered Ebola patients discharged in latest DR Congo outbreak

FILE PHOTO: A World Health Organization worker prepares to administer a vaccination during the launch of a campaign aimed at beating an Ebola outbreak in the port city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 21, 2018. /VCG Photo
Ebola healthcare workers in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  /REUTERS File Photo

The first two patients cured of Ebola virus disease were discharged from the Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) Thursday since the resurgence of the virus was declared in October in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

According to the chief medical officer of the Beni area, in the North Kivu province, Dr. Michel Tosalisana, the patients are a couple admitted in the ETC soon after the virus reappeared in the region.

Since October 8, the date when the DRC’s Health Ministry declared the resurgence of the virus in North Kivu, more than five months after the end of a previous Ebola outbreak in the same province, eight cases of Ebola have been reported, including six deaths while 573 people exposed to the virus have been identified.

“We have reported eight confirmed cases, including four children between ten months and 29 months,” said Tosalisana.

In early May 2021, the DRC officially declared the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province.