The African countries of Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have reported 28 Ebola virus cases and 11 deaths so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Tuesday.
The DRC reported 11 cases and four deaths; while Guinea confirmed 17 cases and seven deaths, showing a fatality rate of 39 percent in the two countries, said the Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union. Guinea has so far reported two Ebola virus recoveries, while the DRC has yet to report a recovery, according to the Africa CDC.
New outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus disease in the two African countries are sending new jitters to Africa as the continent is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola virus outbreak claimed over 11,300 lives, with over 28,600 recorded cases.
Ebola is a highly contagious hemorrhagic fever that causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.