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Ebola is the virus which attacks the people and recently an outbreak of Ebola is there in Congo. The situations have got worse. Many people are dying because of the Ebola virus but suddenly a young miracle happened where a baby who got infected with the Ebola virus has been recovered from the virus. The health ministry of Congo said that she is the youngest survivor of the Ebola case.

Ebola, Youngest survivor, Congo
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The ministry late 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 centre in Beni on Wednesday. “She went home in the arms of her father and her aunt,” the ministry said. Many cases are reported of the infection of Ebola and the number is rising continuously, Experts are reporting the risk factors and says there are 515 cases and 255 death cases are there. The youngest survivor of the Ebola case is named as Benedicte and she was seen to get treatment in an isolated area in the video recorded by UNICEF, cradled in the arms of health workers in protective gear or cuddled by Ebola survivors, called “nounous,” who can go without certain gear such as masks. The survivors are crucial with their reassuring presence, the health ministry said.

“This is my first child,” her father, Thomas, says. “I truly don’t want to lose her. She is my hope.” He gazes at his daughter through the clear protective plastic. Now the rising concern is that children are getting affected by the Ebola more and accounts for about one-third of the cases. Children who are under 5 years of age are more prone to the disease. It is said that Ebola specifically infect adults and they are more prone to the disease, children were only affected when they were involved as caregivers.

Transmission of Ebola virus in the babies might occur by the breast milk or close contact with infected patients.

The baby, who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center six days after birth, has recovered from the virus, medical officials say. Congolese are calling her the “young miracle.”

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 high numbers of children with Ebola in the outbreak, which the Health Ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo says now has 467 confirmed cases, including 255 confirmed deaths.

The World Health Organization has noted that health centers have been identified as a source of Ebola transmission in the outbreak, with injections of medications “a notable cause.”

So far, more than 400 children have been left orphaned or unaccompanied in the outbreak as patients can spend weeks in treatment centers, Unicef said. A kindergarten was opened next to one treatment center in Beni “to assist the youngest children whose parents are isolated” there, it said.

Health experts have said the Ebola outbreak, the 10th in Congo, is like no other: Residents also face the threat of attack from armed groups and resistance from a wary population in a region that had never before faced an Ebola outbreak. Tracking the contacts of Ebola patients remains a challenge in areas controlled by rebels.

The agency said that the risk of the disease spreading from Congo to its neighbors is now very high. It said that nine countries were at risk of infection, citing the deterioration in security. But the agency concluded that the outbreak did not yet qualify as an international health emergency.