Ebola spreads 200 km west to remote, militia-run Congo town

Reuters , Monday 19 Aug 2019

Democratic
Health workers move a patient to a hospital after he was cleared of having Ebola inside a MSF (Doctors Without Borders) supported Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Butembo, in North Kivu province. - The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu has recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality, the provincial government said on August 16, 2019. More than 1,900 people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo since August 1, 2018, when the haemorrhagic virus erupted in North Kivu province and spread to neighbouring Ituri province. (Photo: AFP)

Congolese authorities have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled town of Walikale, hundreds of kilometres away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred, the Health Ministry said overnight.

Walikale lies about 200 km (125 miles) west of Goma, one of the towns affected by the Ebola epidemic, and much further away from the epicentre of the epidemic in Butembo and Beni.

The ministry also confirmed a third case in South Kivu region, more than 700 km (430 miles) south of where the first case was detected.

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