Five new deaths have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the country battles a new wave of the Ebola virus.
Congo’s health ministry says the number of confirmed Ebola cases is now 170, including 95 deaths, as health workers express concern at the rising rate of new infections since the beginning of this month.
Friday’s statement says a plumber with the U.N. mission was infected while spending time at a traditional healing centre where an Ebola victim was being cared for before being transferred to a specialized treatment centre.
The plumber is being treated in Beni, where most of the newly confirmed deaths occurred. The community is the centre of regional Ebola containment efforts.
The plumber’s colleagues are receiving Ebola vaccinations.