CNA Staff, 14 July, 2020 / 6:32 am (ACI Africa).
Caritas Spain has announced that it will donate more than 23,000 euros – about $26,000 – to Caritas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to fight a new outbreak of Ebola in the country.
The Catholic relief and development agency in the African nation has activated a response plan to contain the spread of the epidemic and to raise awareness in the local population on how to prevent infection.
Just last month, the World Health Organization had declared an end to the previous Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That outbreak, which lasted just short of two years, killed more than 2,200 people.
Now, however, a new outbreak has been identified across the country, in the northwestern province of Equateur.
Ebola is a deadly virus that is primarily spread through contact with bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pains and occasional bleeding. The disease can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.