New Ebola outbreak in the Congo - 2 cases confirmed

New Ebola outbreak in the Congo - 2 cases confirmed

Against the backdrop of 17 deaths, from Ebola, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed the Federal Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at all entry points and screen all coming into the country.

Ebola virus outbreak control depends on surveillance and the isolation of cases, according to the study.

DR Congo authorities on Tuesday described the Ebola outbreak as a "public health emergency with global impact". "We want to assure Nigerians that the federal government is concerned about the outbreak and will do everything possible to keep the country safe".

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry said it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the northwest to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.

'Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an global public health emergency, ' the Congo Health Ministry said.

Of the five samples analyzed, two were found to be positive for Ebola virus serotype Zaire by RT-PCR. Over 21 suspected viral haemorrhagic fever and 17 deaths have been reported around Ilkoko Iponge in the past five weeks.

A team of experts from the WHO, Doctors without Borders (DRC) and Equateur province travelled to Bikoro on Tuesday to beef up coordination and carry out investigations, it said.

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He added: " It is a disaster because most people were asleep when the tragedy occurred and their houses were swept away ". Even before the dam-burst, rains had killed 132 people and displaced 222,000 in Kenya alone, according to the government.

The WHO is now working with the Congo's government and released $1 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to scale and mobilize an emergency response to contain the current outbreak.

About a year ago, an outbreak of Ebola killed eight people.

Ebola is often fatal if untreated. Ebola is thought to be spread by fruit bats.

In a news release on Tuesday, the World Health Organization informed that the DRC government reported the outbreak after two confirmed laboratory tests in Bikoro in the Équateur Province.

"Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease". "The generous support from Wellcome and partners like DFID and GloPID-R in combination with WHO's Contingency Fund for Emergencies is already making a difference".

Ebola is best known and most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims, owing to damage done to blood vessels.

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