A severe 2018 outbreak and a new Ebola illness in eastern Congo are related.


NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced on Monday that a fresh Ebola case has been identified in the city of Beni in the country’s eastern region.

According to a statement from Placide Mbala, head of the Pathogen Genomics Laboratory at INRB, testing revealed that the case was genetically connected to the outbreak that occurred in the 2018–2020 academic year in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces and claimed approximately 2,300 lives.

Six people were killed by another outbreak flare-up last year. The most recent outbreak in Congo occurred in a separate region and was proclaimed to be over in July after five people died.


Ebola can occasionally persist in the body fluids, central nervous system, and eyes of survivors and recur years later.

A boy gets vaccinated for Ebola virus in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Aug. 18, 2018, near where a new case has been linked to the 2018 Ebola virus outbreak.

According to the statement, the case was identified in a woman who passed away on August 15 after being brought to a hospital in Beni on July 23.

“Our preliminary results suggest that this case likely constitutes a new outbreak of the 2018-2020 Nord Kivu/Ituri outbreak, begun by transmission of Ebola virus from a persistently sick survivor or a survivor who experienced a relapse,” the statement read.

The source is still being looked into, though.

According to the statement, at least 131 contacts of the lady have been found, including 60 front-line healthcare providers, 59 of whom have received the Ebola vaccine.

After a 46-year-old lady passed away, the World Health Organization reported on Saturday that investigators were looking into a possible Ebola case in Beni.

The Ebola virus, which causes fever, body pains, and diarrhea, has its natural home in the deep tropical woods of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Since 1976, there have been 14 outbreaks in the nation. With approximately 3,500 cases, the east of the Congo experienced the greatest and second-largest outbreak ever to be detected.