Ebola fears in urban area
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, prompting fears of a worrying shift in the new outbreak in the north-west of the country.
Congo’s health minister said Ebola has now spread to the capital of the Equateur province. Oly Ilunga said two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which includes Mbandaka city, about 93 miles from Bikoro, the rural area where the outbreak began.
He said one sample proved positive for the deadly Ebola virus, bringing the number of confirmed Ebola cases in three health zones to three.
Mr Ilunga said the country is now entering an urban phase of the outbreak, with higher spread potential. A total of 44 cases have now been reported.
Ebola has been detected near the Congolese city of Mbandaka, home to more than 1 million people