In the northeast of the Congo at least 12 people died of an unknown disease. The sick showed symptoms that are reminiscent of Ebola, such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting and nosebleeds. The first dead were in early July in the village of Mangina, near Beni, local authorities reported.
Blood samples were taken and are currently being examined in a laboratory. In addition, according to provincial health authorities, the World Health Organization has sent a team of experts to the region.
It was not until the 24th of July that the Congolese government announced the end of the Ebola epidemic that had killed 33 people since its start on 8 May. Ebola is a very contagious virus that is associated with, among other things, skin bleeding and fever. The virus has a mortality rate of 90 percent, but it can be severely limited if the patient is quickly placed in isolation. In an epidemic in 2014 and 2015, more than 11,000 people died in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone