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The baby’s mother, who had Ebola, died in childbirth. The baby, named Benedicte, was admitted to an Ebola treatment center just six days after birth, but recovered and was discharged last Wednesday, according to Congo’s health ministry.
“She went home in the arms of her father and her aunt,” the ministry said.
It said she is the youngest survivor in what is the world’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak, the Associated Press reported.
Congo’s health ministry says there have been 515 cases, 467 of them confirmed, in the outbreak, including 255 confirmed deaths.
Experts say there have been worryingly high numbers of children with Ebola in this outbreak, the AP reported.
More than one-third of all cases in this outbreak have involved children, UNICEF said last week, and one in 10 cases is in a child under 5.
Children who contract Ebola have a higher risk of death than adults, the AP reported.
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