Congo declares new Ebola outbreak after man dies; investigation started, says WHO

An Ebola patient is put on a transport plane at Scotland's Glasgow Airport on Dec 30, 2014, to be transported to London. PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (BLOOMBERG) - The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared an Ebola outbreak after a 31-year-old man in Mbandaka in the north-western province of Equateur who died was found to be infected.

The man began experiencing symptoms on April 5 and on April 21, was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre for intensive care but succumbed to the virus later that day.

Investigations have begun into the source of the outbreak, the World Health Organisation said in a statement on Saturday (April 23).

"Time is not on our side," said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's regional director for Africa. "The disease has had a two-week head start and we are now playing catch-up."

The outbreak is the third in the province since 2018 and Congo's 14th since 1976.

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