Four new cases of Ebola has been recorded in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) barely a week after authorities announced the end of an outbreak that started in mid-June in the northwest.
The declaration brought the curtain down on an outbreak which began two months earlier in the remote northwestern area of Bikoro, about 2,000km from Mangina, on May 8 and culminated in 54 confirmed cases of Ebola, 33 of which proved fatal.
The cases are spread over tens of kilometres, he said.
DR Congo on Thursday flew a team led by Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga to an eastern region hit by Ebola, the country's second outbreak in less than three months, a local official said.
The latest outbreak was found in the province of North Kivu, near the Congo's border with Uganda. It spreads through contact with bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.
In the worst outbreak of Ebola, the disease struck the West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013-15, killing more than 11,300 people.
Twelve health ministry experts would be sent to Beni on Thursday to help oversee the response to the outbreak, Ilunga added. Beni has been the site of intense fighting in recent decades, and between 2014 and 2016, more than 800 people were killed in the area, many of them by machete.
"I was hit with fear not only about whether my health would be attacked by Ebola, but also how I'm going to feed my family without our Mangina field because all the roads leading to Mangina have been quarantined by the health officials", he said.
Still, this outbreak poses new challenges.
North Kivu hosts over one million displaced people, according to reports.
The hospital where she works has already seen three people die recently of haemorrhagic fever.
The province shares borders with Rwanda and Uganda with a great deal of cross-border movement due to the trade activities, which, World Health Organization warned, could increase the risk of possible spread of the virus.
An global delegation including officials from the United Nations, the World Bank and the WHO is in Beni, 30 km from Mangina.