Newest Ebola outbreak leaves five dead in Congo, UNICEF says

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Newest Ebola outbreak leaves five dead in Congo, UNICEF says

Nine cases have been reported in the area, with a 15 year old girl as one of the deceased

A new outbreak in Congo has infected nine people and left five dead, including a 15-year old girl, the United Nations Children's Fund said Monday.

"Four additional people who contracted the virus -- all contacts of the deceased and including the child of one of the fatal cases -- are being treated in an isolation unit at the Wangata Hospital in Mbandaka," UNICEF said in a statement.

"The deaths occurred between the 18th and 30th of May but they were only confirmed as Ebola-related yesterday."

Ebola has a fatality rate anywhere between 25% and 90% and is passed on through bodily fluids, with an incubation rate of 21 days. This is the 11th outbreak the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered.

"The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is in its final phase, while the country also battles COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak," WHO said in a statement.

The Ebola virus lives in bats, and WHO says new outbreaks can be expected in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By far the largest epidemic of Ebola was in 2014-2016 in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. More than 28,000 people were infected in that epidemic and more than 11,000 of them died.

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