JOHANNESBURG - Congo's Health Ministry says a baby has been born to a mother who recovered from the Ebola virus — a bright spot in an outbreak that is the second-deadliest in history.
The Health Ministry tweeted a photo of "baby Sylvana" in her smiling mother's arms.
Bébé Sylvana est le premier bébé né d’une patiente guérie d’#Ebola. Elle est née le dimanche 6 janvier 2019 au CTE de #Beni. Elle pèse 3,7 kg, elle est en bonne santé et elle n’est pas contaminée par Ebola. Lisez son histoire dans notre bulletin du jour: https://t.co/baCA6tKZnX pic.twitter.com/ZG5bsCVl7x— Ministère de la Santé RDC (@MinSanteRDC) January 9, 2019
The ministry says the baby is the first in this outbreak born to a mother who has recovered. This is rare, though babies have been born to Ebola survivors in previous outbreaks.
Baby Sylvana was born on Sunday at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, a troubled city where rebel attacks have threatened health workers' attempts to contain the outbreak.
The Health Ministry says that "she is in good health and is not infected with Ebola."
This outbreak has killed more than 330 people.