Updated: 9/10/2018 4:34:36 AM
Health authorities in Kinshasa declared the Ebola virus under control five weeks after the latest outbreak left 89 people dead in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Health Ministry announced the outbreak on Aug. 1 in North Kivu province and on Thursday revealed that it had spread to Butembo, a city of a million people.
Published Friday, September 7, 2018
Congo health officials say that a case of Ebola has been discovered in Butembo, a city of 1.4 million people in the country's northeast.
Jessica Ilunga, a Ministry of Health communication officer, said Wednesday that Congo's government and the U.N. World Health Organization are taking immediate steps to contain the new Ebola case in the urban area.
Butembo is the largest city in Congo's North Kivu province and health experts worry that the contagious Ebola could spread rapidly among its dense population.
The city's mayor, Sylvain Kanyamanda, urged residents to be calm and to maintain hygienic conditions.
Health officials have started a vaccination campaign but they have been hindered by sporadic attacks by rebel militias operating in the eastern Congo region.
The World Health Organization said "substantial risks" remain in the ongoing outbreak, noting that while control measures appear to be working, health officials are still unable to track exactly where the deadly virus is spreading.
Congo Ebola outbreak Facts
Affected Area: 60 km.
Alert Level: Red