The Ebola outbreak has spread to a third province in the DRC.
2 new cases, including 1 death, were recorded in South Kivu, more than 700 kilometers south of the outbreak’s source, according to Reuters.
A 24-year-old woman died on Thursday after visiting Beni in North Kivu, STAT reports via AP. Her 7-month-old child is being treated. The woman had been vaccinated after being identified last month as a “high-risk contact” of someone infected with Ebola, Reuters reports.
There have been more than 2,800 cases recorded since the outbreak began more than a year ago, according to a report in the H5N1 blog.
Adding to DRC’s woes:
- Measles has infected more than 145,000 people and killed more than 2,700, Médecins Sans Frontières reports today. The organization warns of “an alarming lack of a response” to the country’s worst measles epidemic in nearly a decade.
- Armed groups have killed 1,900 people and kidnapped more than 3,300 others in North and South Kivu over the past 2 years, according to a report by Human Rights Watch and New York University released last week.