Concerns over outbreak as Ebola spreads to city in north-west of DR Congo

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread to a city, prompting fears of a worrying shift in the new outbreak in the north-west of the country.

File image of Ebola blood sample.

Congo's health minister said Ebola has now spread to the capital of the Equateur province.

Oly Ilunga said two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which includes Mbandaka city, about 93 miles from Bikoro, the rural area where the outbreak began.

He said one sample proved positive for the deadly Ebola virus, bringing the number of confirmed Ebola cases in three health zones to three.

Mr Ilunga said the country is now entering an urban phase of the outbreak, with higher spread potential. He said epidemiologists are working to identify additional contacts to the 500 already identified.

DR Congo has reported 23 deaths among the 42 suspected, probable and confirmed cases.

- PA


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