UN em­ployee in east­ern Congo tests pos­i­tive for Ebola

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

GOMA: A plumber work­ing for the United Na­tions’ peace­keep­ing mis­sion in east­ern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo has tested pos­i­tive for Ebola, the health min­istry said on Fri­day, the first case of a UN worker con­tract­ing the disease dur­ing the cur­rent out­break.

The plumber is be­lieved to have con­tracted the virus at a health cen­tre in the city of Beni run by a tra­di­tional healer where some­one with Ebola had sought treat­ment, the min­istry said in a daily bul­letin.

The Ebola out­break in Congo’s east­ern bor­der­lands with Uganda and Rwanda has wors­ened markedly in re­cent weeks due to com­mu­nity re­sis­tance to health work­ers and inse­cu­rity caused by rebel groups ac­tive in the area.

The health min­istry said five more con­firmed cases and five new deaths had been recorded. That brings the to­tal num­ber of deaths to 130 and con­firmed or prob­a­ble cases to 205 since July.

It added that the plumber’s col­leagues have reg­is­tered to be vac­ci­nated on Satur­day and have been placed on paid leave for 21 days, the max­i­mum in­cu­ba­tion pe­riod of the virus.

“A UN col­league based in Beni has tested pos­i­tive for Ebola, and is now re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary med­i­cal treat­ment,” the head of Congo’s UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion, Leila Zer­rougui, wrote in a let­ter to em­ploy­ees.

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