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News Tech: A new case of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in Congo’s eastern city of Beni, Congo’s ministry of health has announced, saying it is linked to a previous outbreak.

The case presented in a 46-year-old woman who was admitted to the Beni hospital in late July and died on August 15 after suffering symptoms associated with Ebola.

Testing by a lab at country’s National Institute for Biomedical Research in Goma on Monday confirmed that the case was the Ebola Zaire strain and was genetically linked to Congo’s 10th outbreak in the Ituri and North Kivu provinces from 2018 to 2020 that killed more than 2,000 people, the ministry said.

“Our team on site in Beni has carried out a dignified and secure burial and also decontaminated the hospital where the patient stayed,” the ministry said.

Ebola is transmitted by coming into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or contaminated materials.

However, the early symptoms of fever and muscle aches resembles other common diseases like malaria. In addition to vaccinations, there is now effective treatment available that, if received early, can improve chances of survival significantly.

This latest announcement in Beni comes as the region is under threat from various rebel groups, including the Allied Democratic Forces rebels who have killed more than 2,000 people in over a year, according to various rights groups. (This story has not been edited by Our Editor Team and is generated from a Feed.)

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