New Ebola epidemic begins in Congo and Guinea

New Ebola epidemic begins in Congo and Guinea

The Ebola virus has killed four people in Guinea, and new cases have been identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This could mean the beginning of a new outbreak of the deadly disease on the African continent.

Health officials in Africa are desperately trying to prevent another catastrophic Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization on Friday confirmed a third case of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, CNBC reported. Earlier, a woman died of the disease in Butembo, which was the epicenter of the previous outbreak of the virus. Since then, two more confirmed cases have been identified, including another death, WHO Executive Director Dr. Mike Ryan said.

At the same time, four people died of Ebola in Guinea, on the west coast of Africa, the first recurrence of the disease in five years. In that country, more than 11,000 people died from the disease in 2016. According to the National Health Security Agency, one of the recent victims of the virus in Guinea was a nurse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ebola virus is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with blood or body fluids. The mortality rate is as high as 90 percent.