A Ebola virus outbreak has hit the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after the last outbreak was declared over.
Four cases have been positively identified and more are likely, Congo’s health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said in a statement Wednesday.
“Just a week after announcing the end of the ninth epidemic of Ebola virus disease in the Equator Province, the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a new epidemic,” Kalenga said. He added that there was no indication that the two most recent outbreaks, separated by more than 1,500 miles, are related.
More than 50 people were infected in the most recent outbreak and 33 died, according to Congolese officials.