A resurgence of Ebola cases continued over the recent holiday week, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reporting 15 new cases in the last 5 days, bringing the outbreak total to 3,371 cases in the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak.

According to recent daily updates from the DRC’s CMRE, the country’s Ebola technical committee, the cases are connected to a patient from Mabalako who suffered a relapse in infection earlier this month.

In a situation report from earlier this week, the World Health Organization said the DRC had tracked 14 cases during the week of Dec 16 to Dec 22, all linked to the relapsed patient who since Dec 8 has been linked to 39 cases.

“New confirmed cases continue to be reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces. The increase in cases is mostly attributed to a single chain of transmission linked to one source case,” the WHO said.

In the past 3 weeks, 76% of all confirmed cases have been from Mabalako. The case-fatality rates holds at 66%, with 28% of case-patients aged 18 or under.

As of Dec 24, 259,164 people have been vaccinated with Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, and 2,983 people have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

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