The Democratic Republic of Congo says it has recorded a new case of Ebola in the country’s violence-plagued east, less than six weeks after the outbreak in the country’s northwest was declared over.

A sample from a 46-year-old woman who died on August 15 in the town of Beni in North Kivu province “tested positive” for Ebola, the health ministry said in a statement late on Monday.

Genetic sequencing showed that the case was linked to a previous strain of the virus from 2018 and was not a new variant, the report said.

The ministry assured the public that officials are “working hard on the ground” to respond to the situation.

About 160 people have been identified as contact cases, it added.

On July 4, authorities announced an end to an outbreak that had lasted nearly three months in the northwestern province of Equateur and claimed five lives.

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“Ebola outbreaks are occurring with increasing frequency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is a cause for concern,” said Matsidis Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa.

“However, health authorities in North Kivu have successfully contained several outbreaks of Ebola and, building on this experience, will undoubtedly bring it under control soon,” Moeti said in a statement on Tuesday.

The WHO said it has 1,000 doses of ERVEBO vaccine in the country to stop the spread, 200 of which will be sent to Beni this week.

Ebola is an often fatal viral hemorrhagic fever. The disease is named after a river in the DRC where it was discovered in 1976.

Transmitted to humans through body fluids, the main symptoms are fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.

The WHO announced on Saturday that a suspected case of Ebola in the east is under investigation.

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