woman’s unsafe burial was ‘trigger event’ for Ebola outbreak in DR Congo; WHO

DR Congo

The World Health Organization on Friday said the death and unsafe burial of a 65-year-old woman in Mangina, DR Congo was the critical event that set alarm bells ringing in the latest Ebola outbreak in late July.

WHO’s emergency response chief Peter Salama said seven of the woman’s immediate family later also died from Ebola-like symptoms, and potential cases were now being traced in 10 localities.

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According to Salama, apart from Mangina in North Kivu province, there were now suspected cases in the local town of Beni and neighboring Ituri province.

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