The World Health Organization in conjunction with the Democratic Republic of Congo's Health Ministry confirmed Friday that one person who died recently of a hemorrhagic fever has tested positive for the Ebola virus, indicating a fresh new outbreak of the highly contagious killer disease.
According to the Ministry, the case was confirmed after tests were conducted on nine people who came down with a hemorrhagic fever in Bas-Uele province in the north of the country on or after April 22, adding that three people have died of the fever.
'Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of international significance,' the ministry said. Confirming the outbreak to Reuters, the WHO's Congo spokesman, Eric Kabambi said: 'It is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. We always take this very seriously."