DR Congo Health Minister Eteni Longondo on Sunday announced a "resurgence" of Ebola in the country's troubled east after a woman died of the disease, two days after she first started exhibiting signs of the virus. This comes just three months after authorities declared the end of a previous epidemic.
"We have another episode of the Ebola virus in the east," in the North Kivu province, Health Minister Eteni Longondo told state television RTNC.
"It was a farmer, the wife of a survivor of Ebola, who showed typical signs of the disease on February 1," he said, adding that she died on February 3.
The Central African country declared on November 18 the end of its eleventh Ebola outbreak, which claimed 55 lives out of 130 cases over nearly six months in the northwestern province of Equateur.
The last person declared recovered from Ebola in Equateur was on October 16.
The widespread use of Ebola vaccinations, which were administered to more than 40,000 people, helped curb the disease.
The return of Ebola in the country's northeast -- a region plagued by violence between armed groups -- comes as the vast African country is also fighting its own COVID-19 outbreak.
A previous Ebola outbreak in the DRC's east, which ran from August 1 2018 to June 25 2020, was the country's worst ever, with 2,277 deaths.
It was also the second highest toll in the 44-year history of the disease, surpassed only by a three-country outbreak in West Africa from 2013-16 that killed 11,300 people.