New Ebola Cases Reported In DR Congo

DR congo has recorded new Ebola cases according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

Eight cases of Ebola are said to have been recorded by health officials in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has been only five months since the last cases of Ebola were recorded in the same region according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

As of November 1, eight Ebola cases have been reported, including six deaths, since the first confirmed case of a two-year-old boy who died on October 6, the WHO’s regional office for Africa said on its Twitter account.

Ebola virus is one of five known viruses within the genus Ebolavirus. Four of the five known ebolaviruses, including EBOV, cause a severe and often fatal hemorrhagic fever in humans and other mammals, known as Ebola virus disease.

Ebola virus has caused the majority of human deaths from EVD, and is the cause of the 2013–2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, which has resulted in at least 17,145 suspected cases and 6,405 confirmed deaths.

Ebola virus and its genus were both originally named for Zaire, the country where it was first described, and was at first suspected to be a new “strain” of the closely related Marburg virus. The virus was renamed “Ebola virus” in 2010 to avoid confusion.

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