Ebola spreads to urban areas in Congo, claims lives of 23

Last Updated: May 17 2018 16:02

Congo's health minister said that Ebola has spread to a city, the capital of Equateur province, a worrying shift in the new outbreak in the northwest.

On Wednesday, health minister Oly Ilunga said that 2 suspected cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which includes Mbandaka city, about 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Bikoro, the rural area where the outbreak began.

He said one sample proved positive for the deadly Ebola virus, bringing to three the number of confirmed Ebola cases in three health zones.

Congo has reported 23 deaths among the 42 suspected, probable and confirmed cases.