By Associated Press
They call her the “young miracle”. A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre just six days after birth is now recovered from the virus.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry calls the baby the youngest survivor in what is now the world’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak.
The ministry late on Thursday tweeted a photo of the infant, swaddled and with tiny mouth open in yawn or squall, surrounded by caregivers who watched over her 24 hours a day for weeks.
The baby’s mother, who had Ebola, died in childbirth, the ministry said.
The infant was discharged from the treatment center in Beni on Wednesday.
“She went home in the arms of her father and her aunt,” the ministry said.
Experts have reported worryingly high numbers of children with Ebola in this outbreak, which DRC’s health ministry says now has 515 cases, 467 of them confirmed, including 255 confirmed deaths.
Children now account for more than one-third of all cases, Unicef said earlier this week. One in 10 Ebola cases is in a child under 5 years old, it said, and children who contract the hemorrhagic fever are at greater risk of dying than adults.