ADDIS ABABA, March 7 (Xinhua) – Two African countries, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have reported 29 cases of the Ebola virus and 13 deaths so far, the African Control Centers and of Disease Prevention (CDC Africa).
The Africa CDC, the African Union’s specialized health agency with 55 members, reported a death rate of 45% in these two countries.
So far, the agency has reported 11 cases, four deaths and two recoveries, while Guinea has confirmed 18 cases, nine deaths and two recoveries.
New deadly outbreaks of the Ebola virus in these African countries are causing renewed concern on the continent, as it still grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa from 2014 to 2016 killed more than 11,300, with more than 28,600 recorded cases.
Ebola virus is a highly contagious hemorrhagic fever that causes a variety of symptoms, including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, general pain or discomfort, and in many cases internal and external bleeding.