By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the Ebola outbreak situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), officials have now reported two new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), bringing the total to three since the first confirmed case in 52 days was reported on April 10.

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The latest case, a seven-year-old girl, is the third in a transmission chain in Beni. Of the three, two people have died. The source of their infection is still under investigation. It is likely that additional cases will be identified, the World Health Organization stated.

On Tuesday, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) met and advised that Ebola outbreak in the DRC continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed.

Flare-ups are expected at the tail-end of Ebola outbreaks. Our teams in Beni are experienced in responding to new cases, and acted quickly to engage with affected communities, investigate alerts, identify and vaccinate contacts, decontaminate affected homes and health facilities, and send samples for sequencing, Tedros said.

The Committee noted that armed groups are active in the area where these cases were identified, a lack of funding is constraining the response, and the COVID-19 pandemic is adding more challenges to an already complex operation.