DR Congo Records More Ebola Cases

DR Congo Records More Ebola Cases

DR Congo Records More Ebola Cases

At least 17 people have died of the infectious disease in the northwestern part of Congo in what is a ninth outbreak in the central African nation since 1976.

"Since notification of the cases on 3 May, no deaths have been reported either among the [hospitalized] cases or the healthcare personnel", the Health Ministry statement added.

The agency was criticised for its slow response to the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, which was the largest in history.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the DRC government declared an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, a rare and deadly disease, noting laboratory results confirmed two cases of the disease with 21 suspected cases over the past five weeks resulting in 17 deaths.

"But what is also particularly important was that on Monday, blood samples from five patients in the DRC, particularly in a particular district in DRC, two of the five cases, Ebola was actually confirmed".

"After contact, the nurses began showing signs".

Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response, said: "The first step in containing this outbreak is to understand the extent of transmission, ensure care for people infected, engage communities and trace contacts".

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Nigerian authorities were praised for the way they prevented a more devastating Ebola outbreak four years ago.

According to reports, the first multidisciplinary team comprised of experts from WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health has already been sent to Bikoro to strengthen coordination and investigations.

"One of the defining features of this epidemic is the fact that three health professionals have been affected", Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement. The country's eastern Ebola river gave the virus its name when it was discovered in the 1970s.

Other measures to be taken by Ghana will include sensitizing health officials and increasing public awareness.

The Ebola virus strikes again in Africa. Victims often die of shock but symptoms can be vague, including fever, muscle pain, diarrhoea and nausea.

Certain northeastern and southern regions of the country have not seen campaigns so far, as there have been no outbreaks of yellow fever there.

Between them, the two cities have a population of more than 12 million.

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