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DR Congo rushes to contain resurgence of Ebola virus

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2100 (Published 26 August 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2100
  1. Luke Taylor
  1. Bogotá, Colombia

Local health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared a resurgence of Ebola on 22 August after a new case of the deadly virus was confirmed in the north east of the country.

Two hundred doses of vaccines have been sent to the city of Beni in the North Kivu province, where a ring vaccination strategy was initiated on the morning of 25 August, said Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, addressing the 72nd WHO Regional Committee for Africa.

Local authorities are now racing to contain the virus, less than two months after the country’s most recent outbreak was declared over.1 The new case is likely to be the result of an infection from a 2018-20 outbreak in Kivu flaring up once more, senior WHO officials told the conference in Lomé, Togo.

The new infection was confirmed by testing a 46 year old woman who died at a hospital in Beni. The patient was admitted on 15 August for unrelated …

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