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DRC reports second fatal Ebola case in latest outbreak

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed a second case in its latest Ebola outbreak in Equateur province, a close contact of the index patient. The newest patient has also died from her infection.

On Twitter, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said the 25-year-old woman started experiencing symptoms 12 days before she died. She was the sister-in-law of the index patient and was considered one of the man's high-risk contacts. Health officials are tracing the contacts of both patients, and so far, 145 have been identified and are under monitoring.

The outbreak, the DRC's 14th and third since 2018 in Equateur province, is centered near Mbandaka. Genetic analysis suggests the outbreak is the result of a new spillover from an animal reservoir.

Apr 26 WHO African regional office tweet

[Source: CIDRAP, University of Minnesota, 26Apr22]

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