Catholic Priest gets infected with Ebola in DR Congo

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Ebola virus disease

Another case of Ebola has been reported as a Catholic priest has been quarantined after being infected with the virus.

Medical sources on Thursday said the priest was infected in the town of Mbandaka.

“We have quarantined a priest from the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro who tested positive” for the Ebola virus, a medical source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

READ: Two fleeing Ebola patients dead

Ebola outbreak in the country has so far claimed the life of 27 persons.

You would recall that doctors confirmed that three people infected with the disease had fled the hospital in DR Congo on Wednesday.

Two of them were later reported to have died after returning home, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said.

“Between Sunday May 20 and Tuesday May 22, three patients voluntarily left the isolation unit at Wangata hospital” in Mbandaka, Henry Gray, the agency’s emergency intervention coordinator in that city, said in a statement.

According to a World Health Organization count, 58 cases have been identified since early April. It was not possible to establish on Thursday whether the priest was among them.

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On the other hand, UNICEF on Thursday reiterated its commitment to helping schools and children in the fight against the spread of the virus.

The charity’s DRC representative Gianfranco Rotigliano told AFP that they were well equipped to handle any cases of possible infection of students.

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