DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

Thursday May 17 2018

Health workers wear protective equipment as

Health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital - the epicentre of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 12, 2018. AFP PHOTO | UNICEF 

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The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly difficult to control.

Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people about 130km from the area where the first cases were confirmed earlier this month.

The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa.

Forty-two people have now been infected and 23 people are known to have died.

Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal. It can spread rapidly through contact with small amounts of bodily fluid and its early flu-like symptoms are not always obvious.