A newborn baby and his mother have been infected with Ebola viral diseases in the East Democratic Republic of Congo, where the tenth epidemic has already made a total of 186 deaths, said Monday. Congolese health authorities. "The two new confirmed cases of Mabalako (Beni Territory) are a young girl resident in Beni and her two-week-old newborn," said the daily bulletin of the Congolese Ministry of Health dated Sunday.
The child and his mother are allowed for treatment in a specialized center in the region established by the authorities to stop the disease progression and administer the care, reads the bulletin, which also mentions "81 cases of patients cured".
"In total, 298 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, including 263 confirmed and 35 likely", since the declaration of this tenth Ebola eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, affecting the provinces of North Kivu (Eastern) and Ituri (northeast).
"Since the vaccination started on August 8, 2018, 26 135 people have been vaccinated, including 13,825 in Beni," said the response in its bulletin.
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UN Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix will make a joint visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo 5 to 9 November, spokesman for UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( Monusco), Florence Marchal.
This "Ebola-focused" visit will allow the two leaders to find out the efforts made to meet the Beni epidemic in northern Kivu and to consider "common actions to be taken" against the disease, she said. was added.
On October 30, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on the epidemic, urging all actors to strengthen the fight against the disease, especially in areas where hostilities spread.
In mid-October, the Congolese authorities reported that they faced a "second wave" of the Ebola epidemic of indefinite "size" in Beni (northern Kivu).
The first Ebola eruption was reported in Yambuku in the northeast DRC in 1976, with a total of 318 reported cases and 224 deaths.
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