According to The Telegraph, Équateur Governor Bobo Boloko Bolumbu said five people have tested positive for the deadly hemorrhagic fever in Mbandaka, the capital of the province, since May 18. Among them, four have died, he said.
Their samples were sent to DRC's national medical research organization INRB for confirmation.
Thereafter, Longondo confirmed that the victims had tested positive for Ebola.
'Don't touch ill or dead people with fever or bleeding'
The governor said, "I ask the population to be calm and to continue to respect hygiene measures. Regularly wash your hands with soap. Don't say greet with your hands. Don't touch ill or dead people who had a fever or bleeding."
Cases in Équateur believed to be separate from ongoing outbreak
Reportedly, the new cases in Équateur are thought to be completely separate from the ongoing outbreak in eastern DRC. This is the eleventh Ebola outbreak in the country since the disease was first identified in 1976.
The Ebola virus disease is caused by the Ebola virus, first identified in 1976.
The virus—named after the Ebola river in DRC—is believed to have originated in bats. It spreads via bodily fluids and is known to be extremely fatal, with death rates varying from 25-90% in past outbreaks.
Équateur last saw cases in May 2018 but the outbreak was declared over by August.