Ebola has expanded its wings from West Africa to Central Africa, attacking the village of Jera in the district of Boende in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week and killing a total of 13 people, including health workers, reports said.
However, there were conflicting reports about the real cause of 11 of these 13 deaths, with the health minister Felix Numbi Kabange insisting that Ebola has only claimed two lives, and the rest may have been killed by a mysterious virus whose symptoms were similar to Ebola.
Nevertheless, the country’s National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) has confirmed that the virus Ebola was alive and kicking in this northern part of the DRC.
At least 11 patients have so far been tested positive and isolated, while 80 people thought to have been entered in contact with the infested patients are being investigated and traced.
Ebola has killed more than 1427 people in West Africa in four countries, Guinea-Conakry, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, out of 2615 confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week.