New case of Ebola identified in Eastern Congo

Five months after the end of an Ebola outbreak, a new case of the fatal viral disease has been identified in Congo. A 3 year old boy was admitted to a hospital in the east of the country with symptoms. He did appear to have Ebola. The toddler died last week.

About a hundred people are known to have been in contact with the boy. They are monitored to see if they develop symptoms of the disease. Ebola patients have flu symptoms such as fever and headaches and get bleeding all over their body. More than half of patients die.

Ebola was first established in 1976, near the Congolese river of the same name. There have been twelve outbreaks in the country since then. An outbreak three years ago killed nearly 2300 people in Eastern Congo. The revival of the virus earlier this year led to six deaths.