A Suspected Ebola outbreak in the Orientale Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed at least six people in the last three weeks.
Seven suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever have been reported in Isiro and Monga health zones in Orientale Province. One of the deaths was reported in Mongo health zone while five others occurred in Isiro Zone.
According to Dr. Marrie –Josee Karani, the head of office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Kisangani, samples from the suspects were sent to the Institute of biomedical research (INRB) in Kinshasa and are yet to confirm the outbreak of the deadly virus.
He however says the symptoms presented by the victims are similar to those of Ebola and asked the population to be extra careful. He also asked the locals to desist from eating wild meat and to isolate patients who show signs of Ebola.
If confirmed, this will be the second time for the virus to hit the area in less than a year. In November 2012 the deadly virus claimed 30 people in the territory of Isiro, Orientale Province.
The disease was later declared to have been contained at the end of November 2012 by Congolese public health Minister Félix Kabange Numbi.