Ebola Spreads To Remote Congo Town, 200km Away From Epidemic Epicentre

Health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients.
Health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients. Photo: CNN

Congolese authorities have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled town of Walikale, hundreds of kilometres away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred, the Health Ministry said overnight.

Walikale lies about 200km (125 miles) west of Goma, one of the towns affected by the Ebola epidemic, and much further away from the epicentre of the epidemic in Butembo and Beni.

The ministry also confirmed a third case in South Kivu region, more than 700km (430 miles) south of where the first case was detected.

Reuters