One Ebola case was identified only five months after the last illness pandemic in the nation was proclaimed finished in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In a report provided by Health Minister Jean Jacques Mbungani on Sunday, a three-year-old kid has tests positively in Beni, another of the epicenters of the 2018-2020 breakout, and passed away from the disease on Wednesday.
What is Ebola?
Ebola is a disease caused by the Ebola virus. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare and generally fatal disease in humans. It spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person and, less commonly, through contact with objects or surfaces that have been contaminated with infected secretions.
The disease was first identified in Sudan in 1976. The virus was named after the Ebola River, a tributary of the River Congo, where it was first discovered. The virus is now found in Africa, Asia, and Central and North America. The virus has been transmitted to humans by wild animals and is endemic in parts of Africa, though outbreaks of the disease in humans are rare.
The virus is spread by close contact with secretions from infected animals or people. The virus can also be transmitted through contact with contaminated objects. Transmission typically begins when a person touches a contaminated surface or object and then touches his or her mouth, eyes, or nose before washing their hands. The virus can then spread to other parts of the body through the blood. All bodily fluids, including blood, vomit, feces, urine, sweat, saliva, and semen, can be infectious.
In healthy people, Ebola is generally not serious but can cause fever, chills, and sweats. Serious symptoms usually develop seven to 21 days after exposure. These include severe headache, muscle pain, joint aches, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Some victims also experience vomiting, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and impaired ability to talk and sweat. Diarrhea can also be bloody and may suffer from a mucus-like texture. In severe cases, the virus can cause death.