Three new Ebola cases discovered in DRC

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, bringing the total to five in the past 10 days.

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Health officials said the latest outbreak of the virus appears to be linked to the 2018-20 large-scale outbreak, which killed more than 2,200 people, and infected more than 1,000.

The WHO said in a statement that the cases were detected on Saturday in the health district of Butsili, close to the city of Beni, where the last outbreak was concentrated. Of the five confirmed cases, three people have died.

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Resurgence after a major Ebola outbreak may be due to latent infections that remain in the semen of survivors. Another cluster of cases linked to the 2018-20 pandemic emerged in February and joined by May after six deaths.

Vaccines have revolutionized the ability of medics to stop recent outbreaks more quickly. Last week he began vaccinating contacts of cases using a shot manufactured by Merck. It is one of two available Ebola vaccines, the other of which is made by Johnson & Johnson.

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Ebola is a highly dangerous hemorrhagic virus that spreads through bodily fluids.

Last week, a WHO study expressed fears that just one in seven cases of Ebola were being detected in the African continent. “With limited testing, we are still flying blind in a lot of communities,” said Matshidiso Moeti, the UN body’s regional director.

Under the new plans, proactive surveillance measures will be implemented in a 100m “ring” around homes where people have been confirmed to be infected.

The United Nations plans to test around 7 million people in eight countries next year.

Additional reporting by agencies

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