An Ebola case-patient has been identified just 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) border with South Sudan, the Associate Press (AP) reported today. The story cited South Sudan’s health ministry as the source of information.

Officials said the case is a contact of a known Ebola patient from Beni.

Last month, a 5-year-old boy found in Uganda became the first international case of Ebola in this 11-month long outbreak that has otherwise stayed confined to the DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. Uganda had in place for months an extensive surveillance and response protocol for Ebola border crossings, but officials in South Sudan told the AP they were not as prepared for the virus.

16 new DRC cases

Credit: CDC Cynthia Goldsmith

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See also:

Jul 2 AP story

Jul 2 DRC update

Jul 1 DRC update

Jul 1 WHO bulletin