DRC: Ebola case reported near South Sudan border

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have confirmed reports of an Ebola case near the country’s border with South Sudan.

The DRC is grappling with the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history and fears are growing the disease could spread into other countries. Three cases have already been reported in Uganda, two of which proved to be fatal.

DRC confirms Ebola case near border

The case was registered in the town of Ariwara, which lies in the DRC’s northeastern Ituri province, roughly 70km from the border with Yei River State in South Sudan. The victim is a 40-year-old woman who travelled almost 500km from North Kivu province, despite health officials warning her not to travel after she was identified as being exposed to the Ebola virus.

This is the closest confirmed case in proximity to South Sudan since the outbreak was first discovered in August last year.

More than 2,200 Ebola cases have been confirmed since the outbreak began, killing more than 1,500 people.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.