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‘No one should be sleeping well tonight’: WHO issues chilling Ebola warning as disease is ‘spread to a DRC city of 1.4million people by mother of a patient’

Officials say the virus was responsible for the death of a woman in Butembo

Reports say the unnamed woman was the mother of a known Ebola patient

But DRC’s Ministry of Health claims the victim was a man from a nearby town

It comes as the death toll from Ebola in the country has reached 87 people


By STEPHEN MATTHEWS
DAILYMAIL.COM

6 September 2018


An Ebola death in a major city in the Democratic Republic of Congo has raised fears the ongoing outbreak could spread even further.


Health officials in the African nation yesterday confirmed the virus was responsible for the death of a woman in Butembo, a city of around 1.4 million.


In response, the World Health Organization’s emergency response chief has said ‘no-one should be sleeping well tonight around the world’.


Local reports claim the unnamed woman was the mother of a known Ebola patient, who travelled from the town at the centre of the outbreak. 


It comes as the death toll from Ebola – responsible for a brutal pandemic in 2014 – in the country has reached 87 people since it began at the start of August.


Experimental drugs have been shipped into the area to control the virus, considered to be one of the most lethal pathogens in existence.


But virologists have repeatedly warned the situation is ‘hard to control’ because cases are in a conflict zone, roamed by armed militias.


And the World Health Organization admitted the latest death makes ending the outbreak in the east of the country significantly harder.


Butembo’s mayor revealed the victim was a woman, who was likely infected as a result of participating in an unsafe burial. She died in a university clinic.


But the DRC’s Ministry of Health claims it was a man from a nearby town at the centre of the outbreak, who refused to cooperate with health authorities.


‘Ebola case from Beni has died in Butembo DRC,’ Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s head of emergency operations, wrote on Twitter.


‘Good news is case detected quickly, response already in place and expanding. Bad new(s) is increases risk of further spread.’


He told the HuffPost: ‘When you have an Ebola case confirmed in a city with one million people, no one should be sleeping well tonight around the world.’


However, he added that having Ebola in urban centres, such as Butembo, makes ending the ongoing outbreak much harder.


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