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A child is inoculated with an Ebola vaccine in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 22, 2019

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO —A case of Ebola has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the health minister said Friday, five months after the end of the most recent outbreak there.

It was not immediately known if the case was related to the 2018-20 outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people in eastern Congo, the second deadliest on record, or the flare-up that killed six this year.

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The researchers used a number of cell lines that represented possible SARS-CoV-2 infection targets in humans. Pexels

A team of researchers has found that three commonly used antiviral and antimalarial drugs are effective in vitro at preventing replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

The study, published in the journal ACS Omega, looked at three antiviral drugs that have proven effective against Ebola and the Marburg virus — tilorone, quinacrine, and pyronaridine.

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Ebola survivor Esperance Nyabintu bathes her son Ebenezer Fataki in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 27, 2020. VOA

U.S. regulators Wednesday approved the first drug for the treatment of Ebola.

The Food and Drug Administration OK’d the drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for treating adults and children with the Zaire Ebola virus strain, the most deadly of six known types. It typically kills 60% to 90% of patients.

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Semida Masika, the last patient being treated for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. VOA

By Lisa Schlein

The World Health Organization urges continued vigilance to prevent flareups of the deadly Ebola virus as the epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo moves closer to being officially declared over.

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