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DRC confirms new Ebola outbreak

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The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed a case of Ebola in the western province of Equateur, the health minister announced Monday.

The new case was confirmed in the Mbandaka area, over 1,000 km from the current outbreak in the country’s east, Eteni Longondo told reporters in Kinshasa.

He noted that a team of health experts is being sent to Mbandaka to support response teams.

In 2018, the Bikoro area of the Equateur province had an Ebola outbreak which killed 33 people. And since the August 2018 outbreak in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, Ebola has killed nearly 2300 people.

The new outbreak represents a threat, but it is one we are capable to tackle, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said in a tweet. She added that with each experience the response is faster and more effective.

In April, the WHO was couple days away from announcing an end to Ebola when a new chain of infection was confirmed in the east.

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