With at least 61 lives lost and 103 cases confirmed in the new Ebola outbreak, it is now emerging that a doctor in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been hospitalized with Ebola and 97 of his contacts have been identified in an area nearly entirely surrounded by armed militia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
"For the first time, really, we have a confirmed case and contacts in an area of very high insecurity".
Meanwhile, suspicious cases have continued to emerge in the areas of Mabalako and Oicha, in North Kivu province, OCHA said.
While Oicha itself is not under rebel control, Salama said the city is entirely surrounded by territory held by a feared Ugandan insurgent group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Of 59 reported deaths, 32 have been confirmed as Ebola, according to the health ministry.
Of the 103 cases, there were 61 deaths, 34 of which been confirmed by lab tests, while 27 others were considered "probable" cases of Ebola.
The authorities have registered 103 confirmed and probable Ebola cases since the latest outbreak began on august 1, according to the Health Ministry.
This is the tenth outbreak in DRC since 1976, and the current outbreak is now in six distinct locations along the country's eastern border.
The four additional treatments approved by Congo's ethics committee are Remdesivir, made by USA -based Gilead Sciences; ZMapp, an intravenous treatment made by San Diego's Mapp Pharmaceutical; Japanese drug Favipiravir; and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals' Regn3450 - 3471 - 3479.
"The first therapeutic drug against the virus to be used in an active Ebola epidemic in the DRC, mAB114, has so far been given to 10 patients "who are responding positively." ".
Jessica Ilunga, a Congolese health ministry spokeswoman, later said there had been an incident there but denied that the health centre had burned.
The latest Outbreak of Ebola in the Congo occurred one week after the country had been certified Ebola free by the World Health Organization after the last outbreak in northwestern Equateur province killed 33 people.
Ebola is highly contagious and can cause a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain and in many cases internal and external bleeding.
Ebola caused widespread panic between 2013 and 2016, as an epidemic in West Africa killed 11,300 people.