By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The health zone of the city of Beni (North Kivu) recorded a second case that tested positive for Ebola virus disease (EVD) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
The announcement was made Thursday by the chief medical officer of the Beni area, Doctor Michel Tosalisana. He invites the population to observe the recommendations of the health authorities and above all to avoid handling lifeless bodies.
“We recorded a second case since yesterday Wednesday. The teams stepped up their surveillance by listing and tracking contacts. Because that’s the important pillar. When a contact is listed, it is followed. When he develops the signs, he is quickly referred to specialized care structures. So at the CTE where he receives a sample and it is the laboratory that specifies the diagnosis in relation to the recorded case. I remind you in this critical period when we are facing both Covid-19 and Ebola virus disease, that the management of bodies must know a particularity. We call on the population to observe the recommendations of the Dignified and Secure Burials (EDS) teams. We will ask the people to he explained.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Region reports both the initial case and this case have died.
Initial genomic sequencing indicates that the new cases likely represent a new flare-up of the 2018 to 2020 outbreak.
Vaccination against Ebola virus disease started the same Wednesday in the city of Beni. Nearly 1,000 doses of the RVSV-ZEBOV anti-Ebola vaccine and other health kits were delivered from Kinshasa to the city of Goma (capital of North Kivu). Nearly 200 doses of said vaccine have been sent to Beni.
On October 8, the first case of this virus has been confirmed in the health area of Butsili, in the city of Beni.