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Return of Ebola: WHO confirms third case within month in Congo

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Despite the increased number of vaccination, it appears the end is not near with the deadly Ebola virus as a new case of it has just been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said a third Ebola case in the city of Mbandaka in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo.

On 23 April, WHO reported a case of a 31-year-old male, infected with the virus, that was detected in the city of Mbandaka, capital of Congo’s Equateur province. An unnamed WHO official told newsmen that the second recent fatality was a female relative of the first case.

The 48-year-old man is a high-risk contact of the first patient, who died on April 21, said the WHO on Twitter.

Before the case last week, the last Ebola outbreak in DRC was also in the east and infected 11 people between October and December and killed six of them. In December 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared the end of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak that affected Beni Health Zone (HZ) in North Kivu Province, DRC.

Ebola is an infectious and frequently fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus (Ebola virus ), whose normal host species is unknown.

The current outbreak is Congo’s 14th in the history of the hemorrhagic fever.

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Cattle hustlers kill 11, including eight police officers in North Kenya

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At least 11 people, including eight police officers and a local chief, have been killed by suspected cattle rustlers in northern Kenya, police said.

The victims, according to the police report, were killed in the drought-stricken Turkana county rustlers whom they had been chasing after they had rustled several herds of cattle on Sunday.

In the statement, the county police said that a “criminal and cowardly ambush by cattle rustlers had taken place in Turkana county and while being pursued by officers and the locals, eight police officers, two civilians and one a local chief were killed.”

“The police officers who were killed had been pursuing members of the Pokot ethnic group who had attacked a village and fled with cattle,” the statement said.

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Egypt sends food aid, medical supplies to ‘Somali brethren’

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The Egyptian government on Sunday, dispatched two military jets loaded with food aid and medical supplies to war-ravaged Somalia as “part of its continued support and solidarity with the brethren in country during crises and hard times,” a statement from the country’s Presidency said on Monday.

“Two military jets loaded with large quantities of aid headed to Somalia as per the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

“The aid is an affirmation of the depth of historical ties and relations between Egypt and Somalia as well as Egypt’s leading role towards Africa during times of crisis,” the statement said.

The aid package, according to the Egyptian government, also included two military medical crews who will “participate at treating and transporting injured military forces in Somalia in the recent terroristic attacks there.”

“In addition, Egypt military medical sector set the required preparations for receiving the injured Somalian soldiers.

This is not the first time Egypt is playing the big brother in other countries especially those with Arabian ties as it has sent several medical aid shipments to Arab and African countries including Tunisia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and others, which they believe has the famed ‘brethren’ with them.

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