DRC: Catholic priest infected by Ebola after 3 Ebola patients taken to church

A Catholic priest has been infected with the Ebola virus in Mbandaka, a town in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Recall that 3 Ebola patients who escaped on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, from Congo quarantine were taken to church by their families and prayed with 50 people before two were found dead

The priest of the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro has been quarantined after being tested positive for Ebola, according to a medical source who confirms information relayed in the evening on social networks, already recorded in the official balance sheet.

Since May 11, 58 suspected cases of Ebola have been reported, including 30 confirmed cases and 8 deaths among confirmed cases.

A total of 22 people has died since the declaration of the epidemic in Equateur province, according to Congolese Health Minister Oly Ilung.

The minister also complained that three Ebola-infected patients left the isolation zone of Wangata Hospital (Mbandaka) between Sunday and Tuesday to pray without the advice of doctors.

Recall, the Ebola outbreak hit West Africa between late 2013 and 2016, causing more than 11,300 deaths.

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