By News Desk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the report of a new Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in Butembo, North Kivu Province,  the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak.

Image/Dr. Frederick Murphy,CDC

North Kivu Province is where a previous outbreak was declared over in June 2020. This was the  DRC’s 10th Ebola outbreak which lasted for nearly two years was the second largest in the world and by the time it ended there were 3481 cases, 2299 deaths and 1162 survivors.

The case was an adult female living in Biena Health Zone who eventually died.

The woman was the wife of a farmer who had recovered from Ebola virus disease during the previous outbreak in the area and whose October and November 2020 check-ups were negative.

After death, her body was kept in the Butembo mortuary for two days before an unsecured burial at Musienene, which is 17 km from Butembo.

As of 8 February 2021, a total of 117 contacts has been identified and are under follow up.

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